03-Feb-2018 17:15:40 | The Guardian
Southampton, so often wasteful in front of goal, produced a rare display of efficiency and deservedly prevailed in this battle of two beleaguered sides. By coming from behind to record their first Premier League away win since September, they climbed out of the relegation zone, eased pressure on their manager, Mauricio Pellegrino, and plunged West Brom into deeper bother.
Alan Pardew took an early lead through Ahmed Hegazi but wound up convincingly beaten. Their position at the foot of the table looks increasingly perilous. With both teams in the bottom three before play began the Hawthorns might have been gripped by tension before kickoff but, in fact, the atmosphere around the ground was quite different – appreciative, almost joyful – thanks to a wonderful pre-game celebration of the life of Cyrille Regis. It was warm and powerful, thus apt.