On the quest of returning back to the Premier League, West Bromwich Albion were able to see off Bristol City in 4-2 victory almost perfecting their counter attack displays to move to the third spot on the Championship table.
City were able to put up a good performance to prove to the opposition that they were better as they were on 23 shots on target but unfortunately two of it was fruitful but ended the game with a loss.
West Brom was put an end to the Robins four straight win games in the Championship, with the first goal coming from a penalty kick after Dwight Gayle was fouled in the box by City’s Adam Webster, which saw the Baggies striker Jay Rodriguez converted to a goal from the post.
Gayle was able to stretch their lead with a swift move curling the ball past Niki Maenpaa at the post, and Rodriguez scored the third goal following a close range shot – the striker sixth goal of the season – and the first half was drawn to close.
The Robins tried to make a comeback as Lloyd Kelly gave his club a hope of sharing points making it 3-1, but the hope shattered as Gayle made it 4-1 from a top corner shot.
Famara Diedhiou score in the final 20 minutes to make it 4-2 to make the Baggies unease as the Lee Johnson’s team kept on putting more pressure on the hosts as much time was spent at the Baggies half in the hope of sharing points with the team.
Bristol City were the much better side in holding up the ball starting the match with good possession and West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone was quite excellent for the club following his impressive saves during the match.
West Brom manager, Darren Moore said via BBC: “The game was never over. The threat they posed was always evident. They are one of the better teams in the division.
“He [Harvey Barnes] is a good player. We’re really pleased to have him here. He’s displaying the talent we brought him here for. The West Brom fans can see him for the player he is.
“We saw last season, when he was at Barnsley, a talent there and a perfect fit of what we’re trying to achieve.”
Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson: “I didn’t feel it was a game we deserved to be 3-0 down in but a quality counter-attack and some poor defending cost us.
“Not enough went for us, due to us not performing the basics well enough. That’s where we need to improve but we’ve had three clean sheets in four.
“Is it an off day or the opposition’s quality? It’s difficult to say.”
West Bromwich Albion are currently sitting at the 3rd position on the EFL Championship and they will return to League action against Millwall on Saturday at the Hawthorns Stadium.
While Lee Johnson will be hoping to gather all three points from next match as they also will be facing newly promoted League two club Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.