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Bristol City 0-3 West Bromwich Albion: Hal Robson-Kanu scores twice in Baggies win

West Brom forward Callum Robinson scores at Bristol City
Callum Robinson's opener was his second goal in successive games for West Brom

Championship leaders West Bromwich Albion produced a "complete" performance to beat Bristol City and move nine points clear of third-placed Fulham in the race for promotion, says head coach Slaven Bilic.

Callum Robinson gave the Baggies the lead in fortunate circumstances, the ball rebounding in off his head after Robins keeper Dan Bentley had saved the forward's initial shot.

Bentley was then at fault for Albion's second before the break when he failed to hold Jake Livermore's shot, presenting Hal Robson-Kanu with a simple tap-in.

Albion had to play the final 13 minutes with 10 men after Romaine Sawyers was shown a straight red card after grabbing former Walsall team-mate Jamie Paterson by the throat, pushing a steward as he made his way off.

But Robson-Kanu sealed an 11th away win of the season for Bilic's side, intercepting Ashley Williams' back header and beating Bentley with a left-foot volley.

"It was very satisfying," Bilic told BBC WM. "To win 3-0, be quite comfortable with that type of performance and limit them to one real chance, to do that at Bristol City requires a big-time performance. It was a complete performance.

"At 2-0 at half-time you are happy but there is a long time to go so we didn't want to lose the momentum to give them something back. We started the second half top. Everything was almost perfect apart from the red card.

"There was still enough time for them to make us suffer but the great thing was that we scored straight away, which killed the game."

Robins lose ground in play-off race

Play-off chasing City rarely threatened and went closest two minutes from time when Nahki Wells, who had earlier volleyed wide from six yards at 2-0, saw a shot tipped behind by Sam Johnstone.

Albion's fourth victory in their past five games also handed them their first league double over City, having run out 4-1 winners when the sides met at The Hawthorns in November.

And although their lead at the top remains four points after Leeds beat Reading 1-0, the weekend's draws for promotion rivals Fulham, Brentford and Nottingham Forest strengthens their position at the top of the table with 12 games remaining.

Defeat, meanwhile, means Bristol City, who have now lost three of their past four games, remain seventh in the table, three points behind Preston in the final play-off spot.

After an even opening, Albion gradually took control of the contest after Robson-Kanu played in Robinson for the opener.

Livermore also fired wide from the edge of the box and Robinson forced a smart save from Bentley, while Robson-Kanu could have ended the game with a hat-trick but shot wide after being put through by Livermore.

Bilic on Sawyers' red card: "I sympathised with Romaine because he is not the sort of player to earn a ban for being too aggressive.

"I'm told he and Paterson have known each other for years. When he grabbed him it was just to say 'what are you doing?' because he had been fouled several times from behind.

"Sometimes referees need to look at the whole package when dealing with an incident. I would have said the same if one of their players had done what Romaine did.

"If that was a red card, we have going to have so many."

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Bristol:

"After a decent start we were in the game and the players looked like they were buzzing and bright. But in that 15-20 minute period before the first goal there were too many individual errors and bad decisions.

"We got caught on the first goal with an individual error, with the second goal two individual errors and the third one was a big howler.

"Had we got one back with 15-20 minutes to go plus injury time it would have been like the Alamo against their goal, but it [Albion's third goal] drained the life out of the supporters, the team and gave them the shot in the arm to see it through."

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 1Bentley
  • 2Hunt
  • 29Williams
  • 31BenkovicBooked at 29mins
  • 3Dasilva
  • 11O'DowdaSubstituted forWeimannat 61'minutes
  • 4NagySubstituted forPalmerat 73'minutes
  • 8Henriksen
  • 19EliassonSubstituted forPatersonat 61'minutesBooked at 77mins
  • 21Wells
  • 9Diédhiou

Substitutes

  • 6Baker
  • 14Weimann
  • 20Paterson
  • 22Kalas
  • 25Rowe
  • 38Wollacott
  • 45Palmer

West Brom

  • 1Johnstone
  • 27O'SheaBooked at 15mins
  • 6Ajayi
  • 26Hegazi
  • 14Townsend
  • 8Livermore
  • 19SawyersBooked at 77mins
  • 7KrovinovicSubstituted forHarperat 79'minutes
  • 12Costa PereiraSubstituted forPhillipsat 85'minutes
  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 47RobinsonSubstituted forGrosickiat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Furlong
  • 5Bartley
  • 10Phillips
  • 13Grosicki
  • 15Austin
  • 16Harper
  • 23Bond
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
24,022

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home7
Away17
Shots on Target
Home1
Away8
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home14
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol City 0, West Bromwich Albion 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol City 0, West Bromwich Albion 3.

Foul by Markus Henriksen (Bristol City).

Rekeem Harper (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Famara Diédhiou (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jack Hunt with a cross.

Attempt saved. Kamil Grosicki (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jake Livermore.

Attempt missed. Jamie Paterson (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Dara O'Shea.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Sam Johnstone.

Attempt saved. Nahki Wells (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Filip Benkovic.

Famara Diédhiou (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion).

Foul by Famara Diédhiou (Bristol City).

Dara O'Shea (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Matt Phillips replaces Matheus Pereira.

Foul by Kasey Palmer (Bristol City).

Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ashley Williams (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kamil Grosicki (West Bromwich Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Rekeem Harper replaces Filip Krovinovic.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 0, West Bromwich Albion 3. Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Jamie Paterson (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card.

Dismissal

Romaine Sawyers (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

Foul by Jamie Paterson (Bristol City).

Romaine Sawyers (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Conor Townsend tries a through ball, but Hal Robson-Kanu is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Kasey Palmer replaces Ádám Nagy.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Kamil Grosicki replaces Callum Robinson.

Attempt missed. Nahki Wells (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jay Dasilva with a cross.

Attempt saved. Callum Robinson (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu.

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Callum Robinson tries a through ball, but Hal Robson-Kanu is caught offside.

Andreas Weimann (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Conor Townsend (West Bromwich Albion).

Attempt missed. Nahki Wells (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

Nahki Wells (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Semi Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion).

Attempt missed. Nahki Wells (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Nahki Wells (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion).

Attempt missed. Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jake Livermore.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom341812462362666
2Leeds34188849301962
3Fulham34169948371157
4Brentford341681056292756
5Nottm Forest341511845331256
6Preston341681049381156
7Bristol City34158114849-153
8Blackburn341491150401051
9Swansea34131294442251
10Cardiff34121484847150
11Millwall34121394039149
12Sheff Wed34129134441345
13Derby341112114246-445
14Birmingham34129134552-745
15QPR34127155158-743
16Reading34119144138342
17Hull34118154853-541
18Charlton34109154448-439
19Stoke34114194353-1037
20Middlesbrough34813133444-1037
21Huddersfield3499163955-1636
22Wigan34810163450-1634
23Barnsley34710174158-1731
24Luton3493224069-2930
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