x Abu Dhabi, UAE Thursday 20 July 2017

More home comfort for Baggies

West Bromwich Albion's third successive home win, a 3-0 victory over Middlesbrough, sees them move off the foot of the table.

WEST BROMWICH // West Bromwich Albion's third successive home win saw them move off the foot of the table. There was a hint of offside about Chris Brunt's fourth minute opener as he took advantage of uncertain defending from the visitors to find the net from close range. Afonso Alves hit the woodwork for Middlesbrough, who drop into the relegation zone as a result of their latest defeat. The points were wrapped up nine minutes after half-time as Robert Koren's deflected shot found the net, before Middlesbrough's Didier Digard was sent off for a dangerous challenge on Borja Valero on 64 minutes. Three minutes later Koren added his second with a cool finish after being put through by Brunt.