Saido Berahino scored the only goal in West Brom’s 1-0 win over Sunderland as Costel Pantilimon’s second half mistake cost Sam Allardyce and Sunderland their first win.
West Brom’s Chris Brunt crossed a ball in from the left towards Berahino who tapped in the winner after Black Cats keeper Pantilimon was unable to keep hold of the ball.
The only real chance for Big Sam’s men came in the first half when Billy Jones header was tipped over from Baggies keeper Boaz Myhill.
The result leaves Sunderland bottom of the table, who go into the Wear Tyne derby still in search of their first 3 points.
Allardyce was appointed manager of Sunderland during the international break and had won his first match for his last four clubs.
Sunderland started well at the Hawthorns and could have easily been ahead in the first 60 seconds.
Both Lee Cattermole and Steven Fletcher had shots blocked early in the first half as well as ex Baggies defender Billy Jones who’s header brought an excellent save from Myhill.
Sunderland keeper Pantilimon was adamant he had been fouled on the 54th minute, when Berahino toe punted the winner home, but referee Martin Atkinson disagreed and allowed the goal to stand.
The result leaves Sunderland propping the table up, five points adrift from 17th place Bournemouth.