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West Brom rout Gateshead 7-0

Published:Sunday | January 4, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Gatesheads Matthew Pattison and West Bromwich Albions Chris Brunt (left) battle for the ball during their English FA Cup third-round football match at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, England, yesterday. West Brom won 7-0.-AP

LONDON (AP):West Brom thrashed fifth-tier Gateshead 7-0 in Tony Pulis first game as manager in the FA Cup third-round yesterday, while seventh-tier Blyth surrendered a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 against second-division Birmingham.

Striker Saido Berahino fired four goals at The Hawthorns for West Brom, including a hat-trick in 11 minutes.

He volleyed the opener into the roof of the net in the 42nd, curled a tremendous shot beyond goalkeeper Adam Bartlett in the 46th and completed his treble in the 53rd when he converted a cross from Chris Baird.

ruthless display

Berahino got his fourth in the last minute after Chris Brunt, Victor Anichebe and James Morrison added their names onto the scoresheet in a ruthless display from the Premier League side.

Until the first goal went in, we looked a little bit nervous, Pulis said, before heaping praise on Berahino. Hes obviously a very, very talented kid. I am looking forward to working with him.

In a competition renowned for lower-league sides emerging victorious, Blyth looked set to overcome a five-tier difference and cause the upset of the day against Birmingham when captain Robbie Dale scored twice in six first-half minutes.

More than 3,600 were packed into Blyths park, and they gave their team a standing ovation at half-time, with the prospect of making the fourth round for only the second time in their 116-year history.

Then Birmingham exceeded Blyths quick double strike with three goals in six minutes in the second half to win the tie.

Were disappointed, but if someone had said before the game we were going to lose 3-2 and have a chance in the final minute, we might have taken it, Blyth manager Tom Wade said.

a good night

Dale, a barman in a side which also featured a taxi driver and plumber, wasnt looking forward to working today.

I am due to open up at half past 11 on Sunday morning, Dale said. I asked the gaffer (manager) if I could do a shorter shift because I didnt know what mood I will be in today. (But) after a couple of goals, I am planning to have a good night.

Elsewhere, Swansea avoided embarrassment by routing fourth-tier Tranmere 6-2, with Bafetimbi Gomis spearheading their attack with two goals.

Leicester beat fellow Premier League side Newcastle 1-0. A first-half header from forward Leonardo Ulloa was the difference.