A late Charlie Austin penalty ensured Albion made it three wins in a row as they defeated Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 at The Hawthorns.
The game throughout was on a knife edge with both sides having glorious chances to win late on.
The Baggies started the game on the front foot as 30 seconds in, Hal Robson-Kanu looped a header over the bar from Matt Phillips’s cross.
Sheffield Wednesday up the other end were unfortunate not to be in front as Julian Borner’s snapshot was deflected wide after a scrap in the box.
West Brom then took the lead as Matheus Pereira played a lovely ball through to Hal Robson-Kanu, who latched onto it and cooly stroked the ball under the legs of goalkeeper Kieren Westwood.
However early on in the second half, the visitors levelled things up. Filip Krovinovic poorly lost the ball in his own penalty area and subsequently brought down Kieran Lee.
Steven Fletcher rolled the ball past Sam Johnstone from the penalty spot and Slaven BIlic’s men had yet again thrown away a lead at home.
Morgan Fox clipped the bar late on for the Owls just after Robson-Kanu failed to latch onto Phillips’s teasing delivery.
Charlie Austin hit the post with a header from Grady Diangana’s floated cross and the game was seemingly heading for a draw.
But Austin won it for the Baggies from the penalty spot after Matheus Pereira was brought down by Wednesday keeper Westwood.
The striker drilled the ball past Westwood to ensure Albion gain a 5 point lead over third place Preston and remain 2 points clear of Leeds who are in second spot.
Here’s how we rated the players in the 2-1 win:
Sam Johnstone - 7
Solid throughout again. Punched a couple of crosses when needed and displayed a stunning save to deny Fletcher even though he was offside.
Darnell Furlong - 6
Yet again so energetic down the right side but didn’t get a lot of the ball to make a difference. Was unlucky not to claim an assist after Robson-Kanu shot wide from his drilled cross.
Ahmed Hegazi - 5 (subbed off 74')
First start of the season and it showed as he was rusty throughout. in the first few minutes he forgot a Sheffield Wednesday man was behind him and in the second half lost the ball in his own box after being indecisive.
Kyle Bartley - 7
Immense again and didn’t put a foot wrong today. Looks a lot more comfortable in games with Ajayi alongside him rather than Hegazi however.
Conor Townsend - 5
Townsend also up the left was constantly a threat but his defensive work was questionable. First half he was out of position which led to a dangerous counter attack from the visitors and was fortunate after the Owls failed to seize an important chance has he failed to deal with a deep delivery.
Semi Ajayi - 5
Didn’t make an impact at all on the game and was anonymous throughout. Definitely his best position is at centre back.
Filip Krovinovic - 4 (subbed off 81')
Poorest player on the pitch today. Was indecisive on the ball on many occasions today and lost the ball in his own penalty area before bringing down Lee for the visitors equaliser.
Matheus Pereira - 7.5
Man of the Match for me today having a hand in both goals. Slipped through Robson-Kanu with a lovely weighted pass and won the penalty when beating Westwood to the loose ball late on.
Matt Phillips - 5
Not at the races today. Put in a couple of teasing deliveries for Robson-Kanu but apart from that he lost the ball on a few occasions and struggled to get back and cover defensively when Sheffield Wednesday hit on the counter attack late on.
Grady Diangana - 6
Was a danger down the left in the first half but struggled to get on the ball second half when Wednesday were putting the pressure on our backline.
Hal Robson-Kanu - 7 (subbed off 75')
Another impressive performance from Robson-Kanu, who is cementing himself as the number one choice striker. Confidence showed as he cooly slotted under the legs of Westwood for his fourth goal in six games.
Gareth Barry - 6 (subbed on 74')
Came on for the final fifteen minutes and showed his quality, most notably picking out Diangana before his cross was headed against the post by Austin.
Charlie Austin - 6.5 (subbed on 75')
Was introduced and did a good job as the lone striker. Was unlucky to crash the post with a header from close range but smashed the penalty away to make sure Albion picked up three points.
Chris Brunt - 6 (subbed on 81')
Came on for the final 10 minutes and linked up nicely with Barry in the midfield to make sure the Baggies got over the line.