Substitute Hal Robson-Kanu scored to earn West Brom another 1-0 win before being sent off in a lively 20-minute cameo at Burnley.

The Wales international held off two Clarets defenders to net in the 71st minute but he was then dismissed seven minutes from time when he caught Matt Lowton in the head with his elbow as the Burnley full-back headed clear.

However, it did not cost the Baggies, again missing Manchester City target Jonny Evans, against a wasteful Clarets team who showed why Leeds striker Chris Wood’s seemingly inevitable arrival is so important.


What they said

Burnley boss Sean Dyche: “It’s a definite red that has to be given. It’s a late elbow, I don’t think it’s malicious, it’s the flow of the body more than anything, but it’s still an elbow to the face. I thought it was a good performance. You end up scratching your head that you don’t get something, particularly when you perform so well”West Brom boss Tony Pulis (on Robson-Kanu): “Obviously he took his goal really well, it was a good goal, and then he’s sent off so it’s obviously disappointing. Whether it was or wasn’t, the referee has made the decision so we had to get on with it. He was sent off with seven minutes to go and it seemed like an hour. We had to defend for our lives.”

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Star man – Jake Livermore

West Brom midfielder Jake Livermore impressed at Turf MoorWest Brom midfielder Jake Livermore impressed at Turf Moor (Anthony Devlin/PA)

In a game where few players shone, Livermore and debutant Gareth Barry formed a fine defensive shield in front of their centre-backs.

Robson-Kanu’s eventful afternoon

West Brom's Hal Robson-Kanu is shown a red cardWest Brom’s Hal Robson-Kanu is shown a red card (Anthony Devlin/PA)

This contest was meandering towards a draw before Robson-Kanu arrived in the 63rd minute. He took his goal brilliantly, displaying strength and coolness to beat Tom Heaton, and was then dismissed, perhaps harshly, when his forearm caught Lowton in the face.

Burnley need more firepower

The Clarets had the majority of the ball and the lion’s share of the chances too but they only tested Ben Foster once all afternoon. This performance only highlighted the need to replace Andre Gray, just as well Wood’s arrival from Elland Road appears to be moving closer.

Player ratings

Burnley: Tom Heaton: 6, Matthew Lowton: 6, James Tarkowski: 5, Ben Mee: 6, Stephen Ward: 5, Johann Berg Gudmundsson: 6, Jack Cork: 7, Steven Defour: 7, Jeff Hendrick: 6, Robbie Brady: 6, Sam Vokes: 6. Subs: Jonathan Walters (on for Brady): 5, Ashley Barnes (on for Gudmundsson): 5.West Brom: Ben Foster: 6, Allan Nyom: 6, Craig Dawson: 7, Ahmed Hegazi: 6, Chris Brunt: 6, Matt Phillips: 7, Gareth Barry: 6, Sam Field: 6, Jake Livermore: 7, James McClean: 6, Jay Rodriguez: 6. Subs: Robson-Kanu (on for McClean): 7, Salomon Rondon (on for Field): 6.

Who’s up next?

Blackburn v Burnley (Carabao Cup, August 23)

Accrington v West Brom (Carabao Cup, August 22)