EPL: West Brom Extend Winning Streak to Four with Win over Sunderland

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistNovember 24, 2012

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24:  Romelu Lukaku of West Brom celebrates scoring to make it 3-1 during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion at the Stadium of Light on November 24, 2012 in Sunderland, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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West Bromwich Albion continued their amazing start to the season with a 4-2 win at Sunderland on Saturday.

The win at the Stadium of Light was the fourth in a row for the club, who jumped up to third place for the moment in the EPL table.

The Baggies struck first in the 30th minute, as Zoltan Gera delivered a brilliant strike that sailed into the right side of the net past Sunderland Simon Mignolet.

The other two goals from the visitors on the day were also talking points after the final whistle blew.

In the 44th minute, Shane Long took advantage of some poor goalkeeping by Mignolet, as the Sunderland keeper could not get a hold of the ball, and Long poked it away from the Belgian and netted his fifth goal of the season.

After the hosts scored their first goal by way of substitute Craig Gardner's free kick in the 73rd minute, the Baggies scored eight minutes later through a controversial penalty.

Liam Ridgewell's run into the left side of the penalty area was halted by Adam Johnson's slide tackle, and referee Mike Dean called a penalty on Johnson for his attempted tackle.

The replay showed that Johnson barely made contact with the West Brom defender, and since Ridgewell went down in the penalty area, Dean had no choice but to make the decision in favor of the visitors.

Romelu Lukaku slotted home the penalty for the Baggies to extend their lead to two goals, only for that lead to be shortened just six minutes later.

The 87th minute produced a second Sunderland goal from Stephane Sessegnon, as he put home a rebound off of a corner kick.

The Black Cats could not find an equalizer at home, and their fate was sealed in the final minute of stoppage time, as Marc-Antoine Fortune extended the visitors' lead to two goals once again.

Both clubs will be back in action during the week with Sunderland hosting QPR on Tuesday at the Stadium of Light, while West Brom will visit Swansea on Wednesday.