* West Bromwich Albion were beaten 3-2 at home by Southampton
* Ahmed Hegazi headed Albion into an early lead
* Southampton hit back with two in three minutes before half-time
* Gabon’s Mario Lemina drove in from 20 metres
* Defender Jack Stephens then scored his third goal in three games
* James Ward-Prowse extended the lead direct from a free kick
* Salomon Rondon’s header was in vain as Saints held on
* Albion at Chelsea next; Southampton at home to Liverpool
Feb 3 (Reuters)- West Bromwich Albion were left stuck at the bottom of the Premier League after losing 3-2 to Southampton on Saturday, despite having made a fine start to the match.
It was an emotional day at the Hawthorns where there was a minute’s applause before the game for their former striker Cyrille Regis, who died last month.
Egyptian defender Ahmed Hegazi headed Albion into an early lead from a corner by set-piece specialist Chris Brunt but Southampton hit back with two goals in three minutes before half-time. Gabon’s Mario Lemina drove in from 20 metres and defender Jack Stephens scored his third goal in three games.
A direct free kick by James Ward-Prowse made it 3-1 and Saints held on for a first League victory in 13 games despite Salomon Rondon’s 72nd-minute headed goal for the home side. (Reporting by Steve Tongue; Editing by Clare Fallon)