West Bromwich Albion moves closer to safety with win vs. Crystal Palace

LONDON (AP) — West Bromwich Albion eased any lingering relegation doubts as manager Tony Pulis enjoyed a 2-0 victory Saturday over his former club Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

Pulis left Selhurst Park on the eve of the new season but any remaining bitterness he felt over his exit was eased as James Morrison headed home unmarked with 100 seconds on the clock.

Craig Gardner thrashed home a long-range strike in the 53rd to seal West Brom's first away win since November.

In response, Yannick Bolasie almost added to the hat trick he scored in midtable Palace's 4-1 thrashing of Sunderland last weekend but his audacious overhead volley was saved by West Brom goalkeeper Boaz Myhill. Palace substitute Dwight Gayle hit the crossbar and Yaya Sanogo had a goal disallowed for offside.

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