Albion did deserve the three points against a lacklustre Sunderland side and its always good to get your first three points of the season in front of your home crowd.
Obviously it was going to be a tall order for West Brom to have got something from the Chelsea game but the Baggies must have seen the Sunderland game as winnable.
Sunderland last season were not great on the road so for Roberto Di Matteo’s side it was a great opportunity to get three points.
In the lead up to the game against the Black Cats, many Albion fans were saying that the game was a must-win and to be honest I agreed with them.
Bearing in mind our next three away fixtures are against Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United, it was vital that we got three points against Steve Bruce’s side.
I was pleased to see Jonas Olsson come in for Pablo Ibanez and that Peter Odemwingie started up front. Scott Carson kept his place between the sticks and whenever called upon he did what he had to do. Solid performance from Carson in my view.
West Brom were so much better against Sunderland than they were against Chelsea and from the first whistle you could tell that the Albion were well up for it.
Debutant Odemwingie was for me the man of the match and he really did deserve his goal. He worked the channels well, he is quick and he can also hold the ball well. The fact that he chased down lost causes was great to see and that is exactly what we need to see from the rest the Albion players.
If the Nigerian’s debut is anything to go by then the Baggies may well have the bargain of the Premier League if Albion do survive. It’s only one game but Odemwingie did definitely catch the eye amongst many West Brom fans including myself.
Chris Brunt also had a cracking game and was unlucky not to score. But overall it was a much better performance and at least West Brom can go to Anfield on the back of a win.
Perhaps playing Liverpool now is an ideal time to play them. With Roy Hodgson’s side away at Manchester City tonight and then in Europa League action on Thursday, there are bound to be some tired legs.
First up we are away at Leyton Orient on Tuesday in the Carling Cup and Somen Tchoyi may well be in line to make his debut. Boaz Myhill could also make his first start for the Baggies.
West Brom just need to make sure they do a professional job against Orient and get through to the next round. Surviving in the Premier League is more important but it would be nice to have a good Cup run in both the Carling and FA Cups.