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Berahino follows apology with goal in exciting Albion win

Football Soccer - West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace - Barclays Premier League - The Hawthorns - 27/2/16 West Brom's Saido Berahino celebrates scoring their third goal Action Images via Reuters / Ed Sykes/ Livepic
Football Soccer - West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace - Barclays Premier League - The Hawthorns - 27/2/16West Brom's Saido Berahino celebrates scoring their third goalAction Images via Reuters / Ed Sykes/ Livepic

REUTERS - West Bromwich Albion's Saido Berahino followed up his apology to the fans with a splendid goal as they rebounded from last weekend's shock FA Cup exit to hold off a spirited comeback from Connor Wickham-inspired Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Berahino netted his first league goal since October, just 24 hours after his public apology over a controversial tweet saying he would never again play for chairman Jeremy Peace following Albion's rejection of transfer bids for him in January.

The striker's handsome volley on the half-hour came after two early goals from Craig Gardner and Craig Dawson as Albion threatened to run riot with a three-goal lead at halftime.

Yet Wickham took advantage of slack defending to narrow the deficit just after the break and then smashed home a thunderous volley 10 minutes from time as Albion were forced to hold on in a thrilling contest at The Hawthorns.

After being hit by a coin thrown by his own fans following Albion's fifth-round Cup defeat to second-tier Reading, Chris Brunt's week got worse when he went off on a stretcher with an apparent knee injury after a tussle for the ball with Wilfried Zaha.

(Reporting by Ian Chadband; editing by Ken Ferris)

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