West Brom ended their miserable Premier League run on Saturday, beating Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0 at the Hawthorns to record their first league triumph in 21 games.
Having won their two opening games of the season, the Baggies soon fell apart, leading to the sacking of Tony Pulis.
The appointment of Alan Pardew failed to spark an immediate turnaround, West Brom lurching into a winless run so long that only the miserable 2007-08 Derby County team possess a longer drought in Premier League history.
Pardew secured his first victory in all competitions at Exeter City in the FA Cup last week, and the visit of the Seagulls offered a fine chance to get on a roll - Chris Hughton's men have now failed to score in nine league games on the road this term.
With that in mind, victory will have been in the hosts' thoughts as soon as the in-demand Jonny Evans headed them into a fourth-minute lead - the Northern Ireland defender showing the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City his value at both ends of the pitch.
The Baggies should have been given a first-half penalty for a blatant Glenn Murray handball, but they kept at their task and Craig Dawson gave them a cushion early in the second half.
Pardew's men remain second-bottom in the table, but have closed to within two points of 17th-place Bournemouth, who visit Arsenal on Sunday. Despite the defeat, Brighton are still three points above the drop zone, but their toothless away form will concern Hughton.
The Baggies had scored just twice in their previous four home games, but found the net on their first foray forward.
Matt Phillips' right-wing corner was flicked on at the near post by Jay Rodriguez, catching out Brighton's defence as Evans charged in at the back post to stretch and head home.
An unmarked Dawson headed off target from another Phillips delivery five minutes later and the winger then blasted wide from 30 yards as the hosts kept pressure on Mat Ryan's goal.
Referee Martin Atkinson had the benefit of VAR assistance as he officiated the EFL Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Arsenal earlier in the week and Pardew may have lamented the technology's absence on the half-hour mark as Murray blocked Phillips' shot with both arms, only for Atkinson to wave away penalty appeals.
Dawson was in the thick of the action at either end before the break, bravely blocking Lewis Dunk's shot before wasting a one-on-one chance at the other shortly after, Ryan closing the angles sharply.
But the defender would not be denied when presented with a more familiar chance 10 minutes after the interval, Dawson rising above Gaetan Bong to meet Chris Brunt's left-wing set-piece with a downward header that bounced over those guarding the goal-line and in.
4 - All four of West Brom's Premier League goals at the Hawthorns under Alan Pardew have come from set pieces (three from corners and one from the penalty spot). Schemers.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 13, 2018
Anthony Knockaert blazed Brighton's most presentable chance over, after Ben Foster had come charging off his line, while goalscorers Dawson and Evans had to be withdrawn with apparent injuries, but Pardew was able to celebrate a fine win that could provide the Baggies' season with the launchpad it badly needs.
Key Opta stats:
- Alan Pardew picked up his first Premier League win in charge of West Brom, in what was the Baggies' first win in the competition by more than one goal since March 2017 (3-1 v Arsenal).
- The Seagulls have won just one of their last 12 games in the Premier League (D5 L6), failing to score at all in eight of these fixtures.
- Chris Hughton hasn't won any of his five games against Alan Pardew-led sides in the Premier League (D2 L3), managing just one goal across those meetings.
- Excluding penalties, Brighton have conceded more goals from set pieces than any other team in the Premier League this season (16).
- Each of West Brom's four goals at the Hawthorns under Alan Pardew have come from set pieces (three from corners and one from the penalty spot).
- Jonny Evans netted his second league goal of the season in opening the scoring – only once previously has he scored more in a Premier League campaign (three in 2012/13 for Manchester United).
- Bruno's attempt from outside the box in the 52nd minute was Brighton's only shot on target of the game.
24. Oktober 2018
|Fabinho to get chance against Red Star, says Klopp|
|River Plate 0 Gremio 1: Michel header gives Brazilians edge in semi|
|Mourinho concerned by Lukaku drought|
|Benzema: I know I must score more goals|
|Maybe journalists criticise because they can´t play football – Marcelo defends Lopetegui|
|Manning on trade rumours: It´s hard to imagine being with another organisation|
|Shaw: Man United showed too much respect to Juve|
|CAF Champions League Review: Al Ahly to face ES Tunis in final|
|76ers star Simmons dealing with back tightness|
|Roma boss Di Francesco hails ´extraordinary´ Dzeko|
|Pizzi and Jardel rue Benfica´s Ajax reverse|
|Championship Review: Leaders held at home, Smith suffers first Aston Villa defeat|
|Mourinho suggests Manchester United must spend to rejoin European elite|
|Manchester City reached their peak against Shakhtar - Guardiola|
|I really missed that winning feeling – Kroos|
|Lopetegui believes Real Madrid win can be turning point|
|Allegri: Juventus still making too many mistakes|
|Cole leads unbeaten Avellino to overtime victory|
|Mourinho hails ´amazing´ Chiellini and Bonucci after Juventus outclass United|
|Simeone glad to have Costa back for Dortmund clash|
23. Oktober 2018
|Lopetegui to remain in charge for El Clasico - Butragueno|
|Isner saves two match points to beat Norrie, Federer grinds out victory|
|Icardi happy at Inter ahead of Barca return|
|Marcelino satisfied with point after Valencia hold on at Young Boys|
|Hoffenheim 3 Lyon 3: Joelinton rescues a point after Kramaric´s double|
|Ajax 1 Benfica 0: Last-gasp Mazraoui seals dramatic win|
|Roma 3 CSKA Moscow 0: Dzeko turns on the style|
|Kovac lauds dominant Bayern|
|Shakhtar Donetsk 0 Manchester City 3: Silva sparkle to dominant display|
|Manchester United 0 Juventus 1: Dybala downs Mourinho´s men on Ronaldo´s return|
|Real Madrid 2 Viktoria Plzen 1: Benzema and Marcelo´s goals give holders first win in six|
|Lakers´ Rondo denies spitting on Rockets´ Paul|
|Robben and Rafinha want more from Bayern|
|Federer survives Krajinovic scare to maintain Basel run|
|Green accuses NBA of double standards, calls Lakers-Rockets suspensions ´garbage´|
|New York Giants send Apple to Saints|
|Morgan aims to solve Colombo mystery after record ODI defeat|
|AEK Athens 0 Bayern Munich 2: Lewandowski helps to further ease Kovac woes|
|Young Boys 1 Valencia 1: Hoarau penalty denies Marcelino´s men|
|Mourinho walks to Old Trafford as United arrive late again for Champions League|
|Bale and Benzema back for Madrid as Lopetegui rings changes|
|Carr denies ´fractured relationship´ with Raiders team-mates|
|De Bruyne to start for Manchester City against Shakhtar Donetsk|
|France lose Le Roux and Fofana for November Tests|
|Martino to leave Atlanta United amid Mexico links|
|Pochettino cautious over Eriksen return|
|Ancelotti an inspiration for PSG boss Tuchel|
|Persepolis 1 Al Sadd 1 (2-1 agg): Iranians into first AFC Champions League final|
|Wales boss Gatland returns to New Zealand after father´s death|
|Sri Lanka hand England their heaviest ODI defeat|
|Nuggets guard Will Barton undergoes surgery|
|Surprise package Svitolina closes in on semi-final berth|
|Alexander-Arnold targets glory at home and abroad|
|Pogba relishing emotional Juventus reunion|
|Alba hopes Lopetegui keeps Real Madrid job|
|Valverde not expecting Messi magical recovery|
|Wozniacki calms fears over knee injury|
|Maybe it´s my interviews - Klopp on Liverpool´s room for improvement|
|Language no barrier to Dortmund dangermen Reus and Alcacer|
|EPCR confirms no replay of Bath-Toulouse Champions Cup fixture|
|F1 Raceweek: Five the magic number as Hamilton eyes Mexico repeat|
|RFU to introduce in-season breaks for players|
|Nainggolan misses Barcelona trip|
|Wozniacki battles through knee complaint to down Kvitova|
|Alcacer: Two seasons at Barcelona not lost|
|Henderson, Keita to miss Liverpool´s Red Star clash|
|Khabib holds talks over Mayweather Moscow fight|
|Wolf in for Titz as Hamburg try to stop slump|
|Davies released from Wales squad as Evans comes in|
|Mbappe on track to match Messi and Ronaldo, says Giuly|