West Brom sink City

BIRMINGHAM - West Bromwich Albion won for the first time in three months yesterday when Czech striker Roman Bednar headed in an extra-time goal to see off fellow strugglers Manchester City 2-1.

BIRMINGHAM - West Bromwich Albion won for the first time in three months yesterday when Czech striker Roman Bednar headed in an extra-time goal to see off fellow strugglers Manchester City 2-1.

The win gives The Baggies hope they can stay in the Premier League while it piles the pressure on City manager Mark Hughes who has seen his expensively assembled side slump into the relegation zone.

West Brom manager Tony Mowbray made two changes from the side beaten 4-0 at Sunderland with Bednar and South Korean midfielder Kim Do-Heon called up to the starting lineup.

Hughes also made two switches from the side that lost at home to Everton with Darius Vassell and Gelson Fernandes in for the injured Robinho and playmaker Borja Valero.

There were early opportunities for both teams in a lively start to the game but poor finishing kept the scoresheet clean.

The best chance for West Bromwich went to Bednar after 30 minutes but his shot hit the post and then the head of diving goalkeeper Joe Hart before being cleared.

City should have scored in the final seconds of the half but central defender Micah Richards blasted over from close range.

English League Results

West Brom 2, Manchester City 1; Newcastle 2, Tottenham 1; Blackburn Rovers 3, Stoke City 0; Bolton Wanderers 2, Portsmouth 1; Fulham 3, Middlesbrough 0; Hull City 1, Sunderland 4; West Ham United 0, Aston Villa 1

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