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West Brom player ratings v Bristol City

A strong start from West Bromwich Albion saw them return to winning ways against Bristol City in the Championship.

The 3-0 victory takes Albion to second place of the Championship.

During his pre-match press-conference, boss Valerien Ismael sent a message to his players asking them to be more ‘ruthless’ and they delivered just that.

From the first minute, the hosts started the bright side and scored through Norwich City loanee Jordan Hugill inside the 10 minute mark as he found himself unmarked after Darnell Furlong assisted with a cross.

Furlong then once again assisted his other teammate Kyle Bartley with a powerful long throw-in to double the lead before the break.

Karlan Grant then extended the lead after a misplaced back-pass by the Robins as he confidently finished over goalkeeper Daniel Bentley.

Here are the player ratings after a job well done from Ismael’s side…

Johnstone 6

He was kept quiet in the first half, as he did not have much trouble from the opposition but responded well to the challenges imposed in the second.

Furlong 7

A solid appearance in the back-line as the visitors were kept at bay for most of the first half, he then provided two assists while being part of a good battle down the right.

Townsend 7

Once again, was confident and responded well to the threats of Danny Simpson on the wing and read the game well in advance, reacting accordingly.

Bartley 7

Put in a better performance than the one against Birmingham City, and was successful in nullifying Bristol’s attempt to get into the box, his efforts then paid off with a goal in the first half.

Ajayi 6

Kept his cool in the back-line carrying his good form into the game and keeping the opposition quiet throughout the game.

Phillips 7

Created the way for the first Albion goal, bringing the ball to the middle, before a crucial pass to Furlong. A hard graft this afternoon for the striker. Could have scored.

Molumby 7

Picked up the play from the halfway line on occasions after high pressing to retrieve the ball and had no issues.

Clarke 7

Managed to keep the trouble away from Johnstone in a duel with Bristol’s Chris Martin, was never rushed and kept his calm in the back-line, dealing well with aerial threats. As a result, Bristol’s striker, Martin had a quiet afternoon.

Hugill 7

Clinical on a one-on-one in front of goal, slotting home the first for Ismael’s men but should have taken the opportunities to extend his side’s lead on a couple of occasions.

Grant 6

Solid performance topped off with a goal as he calmly slotted over Bentley to claim his name on the scoresheet.

Snodgrass 6

Good effort as he came on ahead of suspended Jake Livermore. Could have scored in the first half after an attempt on the edge of the box hit the post.

Substitutes:

Robinson (for Phillips 60) 4

Did not have many chances after coming on but an only shot ended inches away from Bentley’s goal.

Diangana (for Karlan Grant 63) 4

The midfielder did enough to earn Albion a free-kick on the edge of the box which could have ended in a fourth goal.

Kean Bryan (for Matt Clarke 81)

Adam Reach (for Conor Townsend 85)

Substitutes not used: Button, Kipre, Gardner-Hickman.

Bristol City XI (3-4-1-2): Bentley, DaSilva, Atkinson, James, Martin, Weimann, Baker (Pring 23), Tanner (Simpson 34), Wells, Kalas, Massengo (Bakinson 87).

Substitutes not used: Bell, Scott, Bakinson, O’Leary.

The ref: Joshua Smith

Attendance: 23,845

Up next: Fulham (a) – Saturday, October 30 (12:30pm kick-off)

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