After the goal glut of the first two Premier League games of a new season it was never likely this match would serve up a feast.
But that won’t worry Tony Pulis as he celebrated signing his new contract by watching summer signing Ahmed Hegazi’s first-half header earn him three points.
A bright first-half display which should have brought more goals was followed by a brick wall defensive effort.
Summer signing Ahmed Hegazi made an instant impact for West Brom as a debut goal secured a 1-0 win over Bournemouth
Hegazi, who joined the Baggies on a season-long loan for a fee of around £850,000, found the net with a powerful header
The Egyptian international, who celebrated energetically, was excellent all game as he helped West Brom defend their lead
MATCH FACTS, RATINGS AND PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE
WEST BROM (4-1-4-1): Foster 6.5; Nyom 6, Dawson 6.5, Hegazi 7.5, Brunt 7; Yacob 6.5; Phillips 6.5 (Robson-Kanu 72), Livermore 6, Field 6.5 (Harper 70), McClean 6.5; Rodriguez 7 (Rondon 87, 5).
Subs not used: Myhill, Chadli, Leko, Wilson.
Goals: Hegazi (30)
Bookings: Rodriguez, Robson-Kanu
Manager: Tony Pulis 6.5
BOURNEMOUTH (4-2-3-1): Begovic 6; Francis 6 (A Smith 79), Cook 6, Ake 7, Daniels 6; Surman 5.5, Arter 6; Fraser 5.5, King 5.5, Pugh 5.5 (Ibe 45, 6); Afobe 5 (Defoe 64, 6).
Subs not used: Boruc, Gosling, Mings, Mousset.
Manager: Eddie Howe 5
Referee: Bobby Madley 7
Man of the match: Ahmed Hegazi
Season at glance
West Brom’s fans are divided about Pulis, so he desperately needed to celebrate his new contract with a good start at home.
He was all too aware that the last campaign fizzled out at The Hawthorns – on 40 points in February and then beating Arsenal in March, his side lost four games on the row in front of their own fans by a single goal.
But while Albion made the chances to get off to a flier, they failed to take any of them, with new signing Jay Rodriguez the man who missed out.
He tried an optimistic shot after only two minutes which Asmir Begovic fumbled but then held on to, but should really have scored not long after when he met Chris Brunt’s in swinging corner but headed over from a few yards.
And he was unlucky when with 23 minutes gone he found some space on the left but curled a shot that beat the Bournemouth goalkeeper but went inches wide of the post.
Instead it was left to the other major signing of the summer, Egypt international defender Hegazi, to show him the way to goal.
Nathan Ake made his first start since joining Bournemouth from Chelsea for £20m. Jay Rodriguez made his West Brom debut
Meanwhile, Asmir Begovic made his Cherries debut and was almost beaten early on but Rodriguez fired just wide of the post
He was beaten on 30 minutes when another debutant, Hegazi met an excellent Chris Brunt cross to head West Brom 1-0 up
After taking the lead, West Brom sat deep to deny Bournemouth any space as they earned their 14th 1-0 win under Tony Pulis
Joshua King fouled Nyom to concede a free kick on the right, and when set-piece expert Brunt curled the ball into the six-yard box the 6ft 5in defender arrived to out-jump Bournemouth’s defence and head home.
Bournemouth had barely got going, and boss Eddie Howe was pacing the touchline in frustration with hands on hips.
His club-record buy Nathan Ake had oozed class a couple of times to clear up problems at the back, but neither Harry Arter or Andrew Surman could get on the ball in midfield and there was no supply to front man Benik Afobe.
When they did get a chance just before half time it was thanks to a mistake by Hegazi who misjudged a through ball to leave King in the clear, but Ben Foster raced from goal to tidy up the danger.
Howe brought on sub Jordan Ibe in place of the anonymous Marc Pugh at half time in a bid to shake things up, and the former Liverpool winger immediately set up Arter for a shot that went well wide.
That heralded the start of a long spell of possession for Howe’s team, although it brought little in the way of chances and the Cherries boss responded by turning to Jermaine Defoe with little more than an hour gone.
Some 16 years after he signed off from his first spell with the club as a teenage loan player from West Ham with the 19th goal of an astonishing debut season, Bournemouth desperately wanted a reprise of the mountain of goals he has scored since.
But he didn’t even get a chance as Albion’s defence stood firm to see out the three points.