After 13 sub appearances, Hal Robson-Kanu finally got a place in West Brom’s starting 11 on Saturday, with the Welsh attacker producing a superb match-winning display which saw him provide an assist and then score a magnificent effort.
West Brom did concede the opening goal of the game at St. Mary’s, when striker Shane Long ended his own goal-drought on 41 minutes.
Just two minutes later, the Baggies were level, with Matt Phillips firing home from a Robson-Kanu assist.
Then, early in the second-half, Welsh international Robson-Kanu capped his first start for West Brom, with a rocket of a shot which arrowed into the top corner…
Hal Robson-Kanu-Cruyff just smashed in his 2nd best goal of 2016, what a strike by the big man! 🚀pic.twitter.com/deUWJmMbzw
— Chris Owens (@ChrisVOwens) December 31, 2016
That goal would prove to be the winner in a game which saw Southampton centre-half Virgil van Dijk see red at the death.
Robson-Kanu’s strike was also his first goal for club or country since THAT goal for Wales against Belgium at EURO 2016.
West Brom go eighth, one place about Southampton.