Having seen Leeds United pip themselves ahead of us in top spot in the Championship on Tuesday evening following their tight victory over Reading, West Bromwich Albion had the chance to restore our advantage at the top of the table as we welcomed Bristol City to The Hawthorns on Wednesday evening.
The game couldn’t have started better for us really as we dominated, and took full advantage as Kieran Gibbs opened the scoring in the tenth minute to give us the lead, and his effort was built on by Mats Pereira six minutes before the break to send us in two goals to the good.
Albion continued to dominate in the second period but with little reward and the visitors scored with their only effort on target in the 80th minute. That seemed to spark us back to life though as two minutes later the reborn Hal Robson-Kanu scored our third, and Charlie Austin continued his (somewhat) improvement and grabbed a fourth three minutes from time.
4-1 was how it finished and back to the top of the table we go.
We restore the two point advantage on Leeds United in second spot, but open up a seven point advantage on the Play-Off pack. Four goals for the third time in six home matches and a fourth straight win shouldn’t be sniffed at.
Speaking to the BBC following the end of the game, head coach Slaven Bilic said of our efforts on the night.
“We played really good. To win 4-1 against a side like Bristol City, it had to be a good performance. They are a very solid team. But we made them not solid enough. I was very proud of the way we managed the game. We showed resilience and quality without the ball, but to attack with the numbers we do give more players the chance to score goals. The only negative is that we should have scored more goals. But playing like this will give us the chance to win many more games. We showed physicality, shape, one against ones, pace, skill, crosses, second balls – everything. We slaughtered them on second balls and that’s what pleased me.”