West Brom 4 Burnley 0: Player ratings Graham Dorrans stars

West Brom 4 Burnley 0: Player ratings as the Baggies to romp to victory

West Brom
4
Burnley
0

West Bromwich Albion

Ben Foster Had a relatively incident-free afternoon as he was allowed to sit back and enjoy the win. Mind you, he was called upon once or twice to deny a consolation for the visitors. 7/10

Andre Wisdom A solid game from the player on loan from Liverpool. Will have been happy to avoid conceding. 7

Joleon Lescott Not just content to sit back and defend the clean sheet that Alan Irvine’s charges had set in place, Lescott also managed a few forages forward. 7

Craig Dawson Took advantage of some unsure and hesitant goalkeeping to power a header home for the opening goal from a corner on the half hour-mark. It was a deserving lead for the Baggies to take and they exhibited a hungry mentality to go on to grab more goals. 7

Sebastien Pocognoli Looked to claim a soft penalty in the 25th minute and possibly should have been booked for his efforts. Nonetheless, his overall play was a joy to behold as he tore down the left flank with majesty all afternoon. Received a warm reception from the home fans as he jogged off in the 83rd minute. 7

Graham Dorrans (Man of the Match) Produced a veritable pile-driver of a shot just before the interval, but Heaton did well to tip over. It was a product of their midfield dominance – not to mention their confidence. Set up Berahino for both of his goals and then he went and tucked one away himself – and what a tidy little finish it was, too. An expert display. 9

James Morrison He may not have produced the goal-scoring heroics that saw him help his side earn three points against Tottenham Hotspur recently, but Morrison had a good game and should be proud of his performance that sees the Baggies climb several places in the league standings. 7

Craig Gardner Did well to fashion a chance that almost saw Michael Duff turn into his own net early on. Looked to pile the pressure on the Claret’s back four with some lively play. Almost got his name on the score-sheet in the 52nd minute with a right-footed belter that flashed just shy of the post. 7

Chris Brunt Had his fair share of efforts on goal and came close with a number, too. He has a solid understanding with his fellow players and the way they moved the ball with pace going forward really brought the home crowd to life. 7

Stephane Sessegnon

Combined well with Chris Brunt at times and played a major role in the 11 shots they created in the opening 45 minutes as well as the rest in the second half. His energy and conviction underlined the difference between the two clubs on Sunday. 8

Saido Berahino Bamboozled the Burnley defence in the 18th minute when he received the ball to feet. Jinking his way around the defenders, he created space for a low-driven shot that kissed the ‘keeper’s post. Took his first goal well and demonstrated good reactions, although it was a simple header from a yard out. His second goal was a really cool finish that took his league tally up to five. A clinical display. 8

Substitutions

Georgios Samaras Came on for Sessegnon with 15 minutes of normal time remaining. His incisive pass to find Cristian Gamboa that set up Dorrans wrapped up the win to make it 4-0. 6

Cristian Gamboa Grabbed himself an assist after Samaras played him in. Not a bad way to use the few minutes of a run out he got. 6

Burnley

Tom Heaton Should have been more commanding for the first goal, but for the second his defenders really should have dealt with the danger, and he was let down on more than one occasion after that. 5

Kieran Trippier As is always the case with Trippier, Burnley’s inspirational left-back was a vital cog to Sean Dyche’s game-plan. Unfortunately, his deliveries became less and less of a feature after the West Brom goals started to roll in. 5

Jason Shackell Allowed himself to lose sight of his man for the opening goal and let the side down on that occasion. Up until the half-hour point, he and his fellow defenders were coping with the attacking threats thrown at them, but they eventually fell apart. 4

Michael Duff Breathed a huge sigh of relief when Chris Brunt’s snapshot deflected off him and went narrowly wide of the mark. But the relief didn’t last too long as he was given the run around. Was on his toes throughout. 4

Ben Mee Was at fault for the third goal in a way as it was he who played the lurking Berahino onside. There seemed to be very little communication between the visiting defenders, something West Brom took full advantage of. 4

Scott Arfield Frustrations were visible in his play as the first half wore on, and he needed to keep his cool a little better. This Burnley side needed extra patience and a massive injection of self-belief, but it rarely materialised. 4

Ross Wallace Made some poor passing choices when he found himself pushed high up the field. Was sacrificed during the break and sat out the rest of the match. 4

Steven Reid Was subbed off at half-time. His contributions were very limited as the midfield became over-run. 4

Michael Kightly Got a shot away in the opening quarter hour and was a danger on the edge of the box in the opening 20 minutes but the occasion got to him. 5

George Boyd Looked lively down the right side for the visitors in the early exchanges. Had a pop at goal in the 12th minute. 5

Lukas Jutkiewicz Didn’t receive a great deal of good service – his lack of pace seemed to limit his impact. That said, he did come close with a decent headed effort minutes before being replaced by Sordell, but Foster denied him expertly at point blank range. 5

Substitutions

Nathaniel Chalobah Almost found himself red-carded after only a minute on the pitch for a studs-up foul, but he only received a yellow. Got stuck in to proceedings, but his introduction didn’t have the desired effect as the game had already gotten away from them. 4

Ashley Barnes His 67th minute speculative effort that skewed awkwardly off target really summed up his team’s afternoon. 4

Marvin Sordell N/A

Replacing Jutkiewicz The weight of expectancy on Sordell’s shoulders to instigate a comeback was far too much. In truth, he should have been brought on earlier. 4

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