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Half-Time Report: Saido Berahino breaks deadlock to hand West Bromwich Albion advantage

Saido Berahino's early goal gives West Bromwich Albion a 1-0 half-time lead over West Ham United in the Premier League.

Saido Berahino's goal on his return to the West Bromwich Albion team has given the hosts a 1-0 lead over West Ham United at The Hawthorns in the Premier League.

Andy Carroll caused problems for the hosts in the early stages and was unlucky not to break the deadlock when he drilled a loose effort straight at Ben Foster.

Despite a bright start from the visitors, it was West Brom who opened the scoring with their first clear chance of the game when the returning Berahino took advantage of some space in the middle to tap in Morgan Amalfitano's cross.

West Brom's Saido Berahino celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal against West Ham during the Premier League match on April 26, 2014© Getty Images

West Ham continued to look dangerous after falling behind, with Foster once again being forced to deny Carroll when the striker targeted the top corner with a powerful header.

Both teams continued to attack, but Foster's impressive first half was a source of frustration for the Hammers and Guy Demel, who saw a close-range effort blocked by the England international.

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Saido Berahino of West Bromwich Albion celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace at The Hawthorns on November 2, 2013
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