Loan star Hegazi gives West Brom victory

Loan star Hegazi gives West Brom victory

Salomón Rondón, a second half substitute, tested Begovic late and although no further goals were scored, Tony Pulis secured an opening day victory just days after signing a new contract at the Hawthorns.

The Baggies boss' current deal was due to expire in May at the end of the current Premier League season, but will now stay on in the West Midlands for at least another two years.

West Brom deservedly took the lead just after the half hour mark as Chris Brunt's inswinging free kick from the right found Hegazy at the back post and the Egyptian defender headed home superbly on his Premier League debut.

Speaking to the club's official website, Pulis spoke of his delight at extending his deal stating he was "delighted to extend my contract because it continues the stability within the club which is essential for its progress".

"I've said all along that we are in a building phase which requires a step by step process", said Pulis.

"Having spoken to John (Williams, the chairman) at great length over the summer, we know this club has a direction it needs to follow and we are determined to do that".

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"We are a smaller, tighter squad then we were at this stage last season but I think the quality is higher and that could be a key difference".

"It's also important that we maintain the development of our young players within the academy".

"We must never take that for granted and continue to commit every ounce of our energy to keeping our club in the division every club in the country wants to be in".

"We gave them a lot to cheer about first half and we've got to make sure we continue to do that".

Bournemouth ended the match with two-thirds of the possession but only that one shot on target - a hint of the work that manager Eddie Howe has in front of him this season.

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