W Brom vs Bristol C
Sky Bet Chship
8:00pm Wednesday November
West Brom underlined their promotion credentials over Bristol City which saw them recover top spot from the Sky Bet Championship with a 4-1 victory.
Kieran Gibbs marked his first appearance with the opener inside 10 minutes since August in front of a free-kick of the order from Matheus Pereira put the Baggies at the break into a controlling direct.
Bristol Citys challenge when he awakened the deficit 10 minutes in the time was temporarily triggered by Heal Famara Diedhiou, but was extinguished by 2 goals in five minutes from Hal Robson-Kanu and substitute Charlie Austin.
West Broms 11th victory of the year sees them reestablish their direct over Leeds at the tables peak, whereas Bristol City remain after missing the opportunity to go into the 37, seventh.
Bristol City went as the top scorers of the division to The Hawthorns from home, and also their supportive ancient spell threatened to cause West Brom troubles, until the Baggies quality came into the end.
A loose Josh Brownhill header handed the hosts the chunk in opposition land and Grady Diangana was released through on goal however, as he formed to pull the trigger, a magnificent back-heel bemused the Bristol City defence as the late-arriving Gibbs lashed his first goal of the season into the unguarded net.
From there until half-time that the Baggies turned the twist, after the Diangana was touched by the center of Robson-Kanu and one became just two to the quarter hour, but his attempt flashed wide at the near post.
When Bailey Wright fouled on the edge of the region Diangana west Brom eventually got a moment. Up stepped Pereira, who floated a effort in to the top corner which abandoned Daniel Bentley in the Bristol City goal with no chance.
Bristol City was sparked by Diedhiou and Niclas Eliasson at half-times introduction after a first stage that was slow, and they had been denied a target on 49 minutes when Ashley Williams converted rebound was chalked off for offside.
With Diangana and Robson-Kanu terrorising the Robins backline but as the seconds ticked, West Brom reasserted their authority.
The hosts inability to add that third goal arrived back to haunt them on 80 minutes once Diedhiou rifled the loose ball home from a corner move Bristol City to.
However, the Baggies made a response youd expect from the group leaders as two sumptuous spans from Matt Phillips setup Austin and Robson-Kanu in the area of five minutes to end the challenge of Bristol City.
At the centre of everything West Brom did well and headed the line with authority since the Bristol City defence werent afforded a minutes rest.
Leaders West Brom travel to Preston on Monday, December 2 at 7.45pm live on Sky Sports Football at 7.30pm – while Bristol City sponsor Huddersfield on Saturday at 3pm.