Salomon Rondon nets hat trick as West Brom beat Swansea

Salomon Rondon’s quickfire hat trick maintained West Brom’s unlikely European charge as he inspired the Baggies to a 3-1 win over Swansea.

The striker netted his first-ever treble for Albion in 13 second-half minutes as the hosts rose to seventh in the Premier League.

Three headers sunk Swansea and Tony Pulis’ side have now won four of their last six games and, although the West Brom boss refuses to discuss Europe, it remains a growing possibility.

In contrast, defeat left Bob Bradley’s Swansea three points from safety and fellow strugglers Middlesbrough, who they travel to on Saturday.

They have just one point from their last seven league away games despite Wayne Routledge’s late consolation.

There was little to hint at Rondon’s goal rush during a dour first half which took an age to ignite even if Swansea almost fell behind after 16 minutes when Matt Phillips fired wide.

It was the only real chance during a poor opening where the visitors tried to play expansively but were constantly let down by their final ball.

Albion, who have now scored 10 goals in their last three home games, looked to Nacer Chadli for inspiration but often came up short as the Swans had the bulk of possession, even if they failed to do anything with it.

Bradley’s side were comfortable and dictated the play but needed to be saved by Lukasz Fabianski nine minutes before the break.

The rampaging Allan Nyom and Chadli combined to send Rondon clear but, with just Fabianski to beat, he shot too close to the goalkeeper.

Three minutes later Chris Brunt almost turned Jefferson Montero’s cross into his own net as Swansea finally provided some ammunition.


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