W Brom vs Cardiff
Sky Bet Chship
3:00pm Saturday 5th October
West Brom returned to winning ways and went ahead of the Sky Bet Championship.
Slaven Bilics advertising chasers directed but replacement Danny Wards dual made things nervy for the home fans until Romaine Sawyers scored the Baggies fourth goal.
Charlie Austin also scored his first league goal for West Brom after strikes against Grady Diangana along with Matheus Pereira.
Albion showed the defeat at Leeds was a blip with their second successive 4-2 home win.
The Robert Gladzel of cardiff had an effort disallowed for offside until Austin scored, subsequently Ward put up a grandstand finish.
The visitors were first to sabotage captain Sean Morrison directed a header towards the corner in Junior Hoiletts free-kick – but goalkeeper and centre-back Aden Flint.
Austin went close to opening the scoring in the 18th minute. He got between Flint and Morrison to slide in on a fantastic cross from Phillips out of point-blank range, only for goalkeeper Alex Smithies to block with a leg.
The Baggies were with a objective. Playmaker Pereira cut in from the right and traded passes before curling a delightful left-foot shot.
Pereira was inches away from the 27th minute. Again Diangana was the architect, and the Sporting players angled shot from 18 meters brushed the side-netting.
Until West Brom took charge gavin Whyte analyzed Johnstone using a low drive that the goalkeeper gratefully scooping around the post.
Centre-back Semi Ajayis glancing header from the corner of Phillips flew wide a move between Phillips, Jake Livermore and Diangana produced the first goal for the club of Austin since Smithies saved.
Diangana made it 2-0 from the 42nd minute, getting a pass from Livermore and taking a touch letting fly with a low drive from 20 yards.
Cardiff improved in the second half and they pressured the first on-target effort when Glatzels angled volley has been palmed behind by Johnstone.
The Bluebirds thought they had scored out of Glatzels ferocious header following the free-kick of Marlon Pack on 70 minutes – however it was ruled out for offside.
Austin made it 3-0 a minute after, keeping his cool substitute Kyle Edwards had linked to put him and to drive over Smithies after Pereira.
Cardiff werent done however and Ward slammed home from 12 yards after Mendez-Laing discovered him on 75.
Subsequently it had been 3-2 when Ward applied the finishing touch after Flint seemed to have glanced home replacement Josh Murphys corner 10 seconds.
Sawyers had the final laugh – latching onto a move from Pereira.