Feb 23, 2013 at 3pm UK at ​The Hawthorns
West BromWest Bromwich Albion
Lukaku (35' pen., 75')
Lukaku (76'), Morrison (78')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Sessegnon (79')
Bramble (40')

Result: Romelu Lukaku brace downs Sunderland

Romelu Lukaku scores twice as West Brom climb to seventh in the Premier League table courtesy of a 2-1 win over Sunderland at The Hawthorns.

Romelu Lukaku scored once in each half as West Bromwich Albion enhanced their European hopes with a 2-1 win over Sunderland at The Hawthorns this afternoon.

West Brom forward Romelu Lukaku opens the scoring with a penalty against Sunderland on February 23, 2013© PA Photos

The Chelsea loanee converted a 35th-minute penalty to give the Baggies, who handed a substitute appearance to Peter Odemwingie, an advantage at the break.

He then made sure of the points with a fortunate second which condemned Sunderland to a fourth defeat in six games.

John O'Shea thought his early glancing header was fumbled over the line by Ben Foster, but referee Roger East did not award a goal in the first of several controversial calls made by the official.

Later in the first period, he chalked off a Lukaku strike and instead brought the play back for an earlier foul on James Morrison.

Lukaku was not to be denied a second time, though, as he beat Simon Mignolet from the spot after Craig Gardner was adjudged to have handled - another decision which angered the Black Cats.

Mignolet was to have a helping hand in his Belgian compatriot's second, blasting a clearance off the Baggies forward and into the net.

Sunderland strike pair Danny Graham and Steven Fletcher, starting a game together for the first time, were each guilty of missing several chances, but Stephane Sessegnon did pull one back for the visitors.

He bent a deflected shot past Foster into the bottom corner, but West Brom hung on to claim the points that see them climb above Liverpool into seventh place in the Premier League table.

West Brom forward Romelu Lukaku opens the scoring with a penalty against Sunderland on February 23, 2013
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