Parting gift? Evans scores as Baggies beat Brighton 2-0

West Bromwich Albion's Jay Rodriguez, left, battles for the ball with Brighton & Hove Albion's Lewis Dunk and Gaetan Bong, right, during the English Premier League soccer match against Brighton at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, England, Saturday Jan. 13, 2018. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)
Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton before the English Premier League soccer match against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, England, Saturday Jan. 13, 2018. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)
West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Pardew before the English Premier League soccer match against Brighton at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, England, Saturday Jan. 13, 2018. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)
West Bromwich Albion's Jonny Evans scores his side's first goal of the game against Brighton & Hove Albion during the English Premier League soccer match at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, England, Saturday Jan. 13, 2018. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)

WEST BROMWICH, England — Jonny Evans helped to end West Bromwich Albion's long wait for an English Premier League win with a 2-0 victory over Brighton on Saturday.

Evans' early header set West Brom on its way to halting a 20-game run stretching back to August, with fellow defender Craig Dawson heading in at the start of the second half.

West Brom made the best possible start at The Hawthorns as Evans, who continues to be linked with Manchester City and Arsenal in the January transfer window, scored after just four minutes. Matt Phillips' driven cross from a corner was flicked on by Jay Rodriguez and Evans headed the ball in at the far post.

Another driven corner, this time from Chris Brunt, was met at the far post by Dawson and his 55th-minute header into the ground bounced up and over Anthony Knockaert on the goal-line and in.

It was Alan Pardew's first league victory since he took over as manager nine matches ago at the start of December. But the Baggies remained in the relegation zone with tough games against Manchester City and Chelsea coming up in the next month.

Brighton is just three points clear of the bottom three after a sixth successive goalless game away from home — a run which includes five defeats.

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