Championship leaders West Bromwich Albion produced a “full” performance to beat Bristol City and pass nine strategies particular of third-positioned Fulham in the sprint for promotion, says head coach Slaven Bilic.
Callum Robinson gave the Baggies the lead in fortunate conditions, the ball rebounding in off his head after Robins keeper Dan Bentley had saved the forward’s preliminary shot.
Bentley modified into as soon as then at fault for Albion’s 2nd earlier than the damage when he failed to withhold Jake Livermore’s shot, presenting Hal Robson-Kanu with a straightforward tap-in.
Albion needed to play the final 13 minutes with 10 men after Romaine Sawyers modified into as soon as confirmed a straight purple card after grabbing feeble Walsall personnel-mate Jamie Paterson by the throat, pushing a steward as he made his system off.
But Robson-Kanu sealed an 11th away take of the season for Bilic’s facet, intercepting Ashley Williams’ abet header and beating Bentley with a left-foot volley.
“It modified into as soon as very pleasant,” Bilic informed BBC WM. “To take 3-0, be rather ecstatic with that form of performance and limit them to 1 trusty likelihood, to enact that at Bristol City requires a gargantuan-time performance. It modified into as soon as an total performance.
“At 2-0 at half-time you are ecstatic but there is an awfully very long time to head so we did now not are making an strive to lose the momentum to present them one thing abet. We started the 2nd half high. Every thing modified into as soon as nearly perfect rather than the purple card.
“There modified into as soon as gentle sufficient time for them to originate us suffer but the tall thing modified into as soon as that we scored at as soon as, which killed the game.”
Robins lose ground in play-off sprint
Play-off chasing City infrequently ever threatened and went closest two minutes from time when Nahki Wells, who had earlier volleyed huge from six yards at 2-0, saw a shot tipped in the abet of by Sam Johnstone.
Albion’s fourth victory of their previous five video games moreover handed them their first league double over City, having lag out 4-1 winners when the sides met at The Hawthorns in November.
And though their lead at the tip remains four strategies after Leeds beat Discovering out 1-0, the weekend’s attracts for promotion competitors Fulham, Brentford and Nottingham Woodland strengthens their discipline at the tip of the desk with 12 video games closing.
Defeat, in the meantime, procedure Bristol City, who acquire now misplaced three of their previous four video games, stay seventh in the desk, three strategies in the abet of Preston in the final play-off put.
After a honest opening, Albion step by step took alter of the contest after Robson-Kanu finished in Robinson for the opener.
Livermore moreover fired huge from the brink of the sector and Robinson forced a orderly place from Bentley, whereas Robson-Kanu may per chance well perhaps acquire ended the game with a hat-trick but shot huge after being salvage thru by Livermore.
Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson informed BBC Radio Bristol:
“After a correct originate up we had been in the game and the gamers gave the look of they had been buzzing and intellectual. But in that 15-20 minute duration earlier than the main aim there were too many particular person errors and depressed selections.
“We bought caught on the main aim with a particular person error, with the 2nd aim two particular person errors and the third one modified into as soon as a gargantuan howler.
“Had we bought one abet with 15-20 minutes to head plus damage time it can per chance perhaps were like the Alamo in opposition to their aim, but it [Albion’s third goal] drained the lifestyles out of the supporters, the personnel and gave them the shot in the arm to search it thru.”