Sunderland must improve poor record against West Brom

Sunderland celebrate their win at West Brom in 2007
Sunderland celebrate their win at West Brom in 2007
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Sam Allardyce will be looking to improve a poor recent Sunderland record against West Brom on Saturday.

Since the Baggies were promoted to the Premier League in 2010, the Black Cats have just one win league win in 10 games, with three draws and six losses.

Kevin Ball scores the winner at West Brom in 1999

Kevin Ball scores the winner at West Brom in 1999

But can they win at The Hawthorns this weekend?

Here’s a look back at the last three wins on that ground.

Sunderland’s last away league win at The Hawthorns was back in the 2006/7 season when Sunderland went on to win the title in the Championship.

The Black Cats had won the home clash between the sides 2-0 when the Baggies were managed by Bryan Robson.

A run of ten wins from the final 12 games saw Roy Keane’s side surge to the title.

By the time of the return match in March 2007, the Baggies had Tony Mowbray in charge.

Dwight Yorke (23) and Stern John (49) had Sunderland in control before Darren Carter (72) pulled a goal back for the hosts. Sunderland held on for the win to go fourth in the table.

A run of ten wins (including this one, against a side including Kevin Phillips) from the final 12 games saw Roy Keane’s side surge to the title.

Here’s how the sides lined up.

Dwight Yorke and Stern John celebrate at West Brom, with David Connolly closing in

Dwight Yorke and Stern John celebrate at West Brom, with David Connolly closing in

West Brom: Kiely, McShane, Robinson, Chaplow, Davies, Clement, Koumas, Koren (Gera), Phillips (MacDonald), Kamara, Greening (Carter).

Sunderland: Ward, Simpson, Collins, Yorke (Miller), Nosworthy, Evans, Edwards (Hysen), Whitehead, John (Murphy), Connolly, Stokes.

This win was Sunderland’s second success triumph at West Brom as they also won 1-0 at The Hawthorns in the 2005/6 campaign.

It was a rare win in the Premier League campaign - one of only three as Mick McCarthy’s Sunderland ended the season rock bottom on just 15 points (West Brom finished second bottom on 30 points).

Dwight Yorke fires home for Sunderland in 2007

Dwight Yorke fires home for Sunderland in 2007

The game between the sides in the Midlands on January 21, 2006, was decided by an own goal scored by Steve Watson - maiking the win extra enjoyable!

West Brom: Kuszczak, Albrechtsen, Robinson, Wallwork, Davies, Watson, Greening, Inamoto, Campbell, Ellington, Carter.

Sunderland: Davis, Hoyte, Collins, Miller, Breen, Caldwell, Lawrence (Nosworthy), Whitehead, Stead (Gray), Le Tallec (Bassila), Arca.

Sunderland’s previous win at West Brom was back in the 1998/99 season, when the Black Cats romped to the Division One title with 105 points.

This win came thanks to an unlikely match-winner - Kevin Ball.

Sunderland found themselves two down after a Lee Hughes first-half double put the Baggies - managed by former Sunderland boss Denis Smith - in control.

But Peter Reid’s Sunderland battled back to win.

Andy Melville pulled one back after 67 minutes and then Michael Bridges levelled ten minutes from time.

The rousing fight-back was complete when Bally volleyed home four minutes from time.

West Brom: Miller, McDermott, Van Blerk, Flynn, Murphy, Carbon, De Freitas (Mardon), Bortolazzi (Sneekes), Quinn, Hughes, Kilbane.