W Brom vs Bristol C
Sky Bet Chship
8:00pm Wednesday 27th November
West Brom underlined their promotion credentials over Bristol City which saw them regain top spot from the Sky Bet Championship with a 4-1 victory.
Kieran Gibbs marked his first appearance with the opener within 10 minutes since August prior to a free-kick of the maximum sequence from Matheus Pereira put the Baggies into a commanding two-goal direct at the break.
Heal Famara Diedhiou ignited Bristol Citys obstacle if he awakened the deficit 10 minutes out of time, but that 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 restore their two-point guide over Leeds at the tables top, whereas Bristol City stay seventh after missing the opportunity.
Bristol City went to The Hawthorns from home away as the divisions top scorers, along with their encouraging spell threatened to cause West Brom issues, until the Baggies quality came into the end.
An loose Josh Brownhill header given the hosts the chunk in opposition territory and Grady Diangana was released through on goal however, as he shaped to pull the trigger, a magnificent back-heel bemused the Bristol City defence because the late-arriving Gibbs lashed his first goal of the season to the unguarded net.
From there before half-time the screw was turned by the Baggies, and yet one nearly became two to the quarter hour when Robson-Kanus center touched the Diangana, but his attempt flashed wide.
West Brom got a deserved second when Diangana was fouled on the edge of the region by Bailey Wright. Up stepped Pereira, who floated a superb effort in to the top corner which left no chance to Daniel Bentley at the Bristol City target.
Bristol City was sparked by Diedhiou and Niclas Eliasson in half-times introduction after a lethargic first phase to life, and they had been denied a target on 49 minutes when Ashley Williams rally was chalked off for offside.
Together with Robson-Kanu along with Diangana 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 when Diedhiou rifled the ball home from a corner move Bristol City to within one goal.
However, the Baggies produced a response youd expect from your league leaders as two sumptuous crosses from Matt Phillips.
At the centre of everything as the Bristol City defence were not given a minutes rest, West Brom did well and directed the line.
Leaders West Brom traveling 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.
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