Burnley struggles continue as West Brom romps to big win

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WEST BROMWICH, England (AP) — Saido Berahino's brace powered West Bromwich Albion past Burnley 4-0 Sunday in the Premier League to seal its third win in a week.

The striker pounced in each half after Craig Dawson opened the scoring to condemn the Clarets to their third league defeat.

Graham Dorrans then added a fourth with a minute left to underline the hosts' dominance at the Hawthorns.

The Baggies were always in control against newly promoted Burnley which has not scored in almost nine hours of league play and already look destined for a long fight against the drop.

West Brom clinched its hat trick of wins following victories over Tottenham in the league and Hull in the League Cup. The Baggies were unchanged from their 1-0 win at Spurs, their first of the season under head coach Alan Irvine.

Berahino started after scoring the late winner in Wednesday's 3-2 cup victory over Hull.

Burnley had not scored in the league in 436 minutes coming into the game and its lack of quality was evident from the start. Michael Kightly shot over for the Clarets before Chris Brunt's drive deflected off Michael Duff and dropped inches wide after 15 minutes.

The opener came on 30 minutes to reward the Baggies for their more inventive play when Dawson headed in Chris Brunt's deep corner from five yards.

West Brom was hunting a second and it came in first-half injury time as Berahino netted his fourth of the season, nodding in from a yard out after Dorrans flicked on James Morrison's corner.

Burnley offered little resistance with the Baggies in total control, and it hauled off Ross Wallace and Steven Reid for Nathaniel Chalobah and Ashley Barnes at half-time.

Chalobah's first action was to pick up a yellow card for a foul on Dorrans and the changes made little difference.

The composed hosts continued to press as Craig Gardner's deflected effort arrowed wide and Ben Mee blocked Stephane Sessegnon's volley.

West Brom confirmed its dominance with a third on 56 minutes when Dorrans' pass split the Burnley defence for Berahino to drill low into the corner from 15 yards.

It was left to Dorrans to add the gloss with a minute left when he swept in from 14 yards.