West Bromwich Albion continued their excellent Premier League form as they beat Sunderland 4-2 at the Stadium of Light.
And, despite a late flurry of goals, always looked the better side against Martin O’Neill’s patchy Black Cats.
The Baggies took the lead on the half-hour mark when Hungarian midfielder Zoltan Gera picked the ball up 25-yards out and curl a strike beyond Simon Mignolet who could only palm the it in to the back of his own net.
And the shotstopper was at fault for West Brom’s second a minute before half-time as he failed to hold on to Chris Brunt’s misplaced pass and Shane Long was able to kick the ball away from him and roll it in to an empty goal.
And Myhill was called into action early in the second half as he parried Adam Johnson’s howitzer but after 73 minutes he was eventually beaten as another Gardner free-kick was deflected beyond his despairing dive.
Sunderland got themselves back in to the game after 87 minutes as Stephane Sessegnon pounced on a rebound from two-yards to thrash the ball over the line, but they couldn’t find another goal to claim a draw.
And, moments after Lukaku had struck the post with a fierce effort, Marc-Antoine Fortune curled in a close range strike to seal the win and send them, for at least a couple of hours, into third place.