West Bromwich Albion extended their unbeaten run to five Premier League matches after coming from behind to beat beleaguered Bournemouth at The Hawthorns. Joshua King had given the visitors a fifth-minute lead from the penalty spot before a deflected Craig Dawson shot levelled matter shortly afterward. Gareth McAuley capitalised on a shocking error from Cherries keeper Artur Boruc to put the Baggies in front and the home side held out to seal the three points, although they were indebted to a couple of stunning saves from Ben Foster, who helped condemn Bournemouth to their fourth successive reversal. Here are three things we have learned from this pulsating match.
Baggies reach the magical 40-point mark
When Tony Pulis was preparing for the season, his primary target would have been to accumulate 40 points as soon as possible. That his side have achieved that before March is testament to the fabulous campaign they are enjoying. The Baggies were mentioned among the contenders for relegation before a ball was kicked, but apart from a sluggish August and September, they look anything but a side in danger of the drop. Currently in eighth position, they are rapidly closing in on their best points return for a Premier League campaign. They need only 10 more points from their final 12 matches to surpass the total they set in the 2012/13 season. It would be another indicator that they are no longer a yo-yo club, but a well-established top-flight team. Pulis has his critics because of the uncompromising brand of football he favours, but nobody can argue with the job he has carried out. A top-half finish would easily satisfy the club’s supporters.