West Brom moved to within four points of automatic promotion back to the Premier League with a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa in the West Midlands derby.
The Baggies survived an early scare after Tammy Abraham’s loose touch allowed Sam Johnstone to smother the effort from the Villa forward, before going ahead four minutes before half time.
Hal Robson-Kanu rose highest to guide a smart header over Lovre Kalinic in the Villa goal for his fourth goal of the season, before Jay Rodriguez’s strike from range doubled the away side’s lead on the stroke of half time.
Villa had the lions share of possession in the second half as they pushed for an equaliser, and Abraham came close to pulling a goal back for Dean Smith’s side, but his glanced his header wide.
The Baggies remain fourth in the Championship after inflicting a second straight defeat on their West Midland rivals, and here’s how we rated Darren Moore’s side.
Sam Johnstone - 7
Quickly smothered Abraham’s early opportunity and looked solid throughout.
Mason Holgate - 8
Assisted Robson-Kanu with a brilliant delivery.
Craig Dawson - 8
Won everything in the air and never looked troubled by Villa
Ahmed Hegazi - 7
Similar to Dawson, won everything that came his way and looked assured throughout after a slightly slow start.
Kieran Gibbs - 7
A good day at the office for the full back.
Rekeem Harper - 7
A very solid performance from the youngster in a hostile derby.
Gareth Barry - 7
A strong performance from the Baggies’ captain against his former side.
Jake Livermore - 6
Caught on the ball a few times, but otherwise a fairly decent performance from the midfielder.
Jacob Murphy - 6
Failed to build on his goal in midweek, but did assist Rodriguez for the Baggies’ second.
Hal Robson-Kanu - 7
Opened the scoring with a superb header on his return from injury. A major contribution from the Welshman before being subbed at half time due to a lack of match fitness.
Jay Rodriguez - 8
Scored a brilliant goal from range and looked a threat throughout.
Sam Field - 7
A solid second half performance after replacing Robson-Kanu.