Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Striking Gulf in Class on a Rank Bad Day for the Heed

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Striking Gulf in Class on a Rank Bad Day for the Heed

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Byline: Stuart Rayner Sports Writer stuart.rayner@ncjmedia.co.uk

MICHAEL Rankine admitted the difference in class between strikers was what brutally ended Gateshead's FA Cup hopes.

The much-travelled former lowerleague and Conference forward was making only his fifth start of the season at the Hawthorns on Saturday. He left still looking for his first goal.

Premier League West Bromwich Albion, on the other hand, had Saido Berahino, whose four goals in a 7-0 win will only have increased the interest in him during the transfer window.

Roared on by 1,300 fans, Heed were the better team for the first 42 minutes of the first half but failed to score.

The Baggies were on top in its last four minutes (including stoppage time) and scored twice.

The second goal from Victor Anichebe was a killer blow.

Rankine, who forced a 13th-minute save from a corner and was a nuisance with his physical presence, said: "When you concede one it is important you do not concede two.

"I think we conceded sloppy goals. "Perhaps we became a little bit tired but that is what can happen when you play against a Premier League team.

"You are punished by these sort of teams.

"That is why they receive the money they do, they are clinical.

"Every chance Berahino had he scored. That made the difference. We had chances we should have probably done a little bit better with.

"Coming here we thought we could give it a good go. I think we did for the first 40 minutes."

West Brom scored their first five goals in 13 minutes either side of the break, including an 11-minute hat-trick from Berahino - who has been linked with PS20m moves to Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in this month's transfer window.

Gateshead were unhappy with the free-kick which allowed him to open the scoring.

Jones was harshly punished for holding off former Sunderland player Stephane Sessegnon just outside the area.

Rankin added: "I think the free-kick was a bit soft, to be honest. …

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