West Bromwich Albion returned to winning ways in the Championship with a thumping 3-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

A Charlie Austin penalty and a brace from Matheus Pereira were enough to secure all three points as the Baggies ended their four-game winless run to maintain their five-point lead over third-placed Brentford.

Slaven Bilic made five changes to the side that were defeated 1-0 by Brentford, with Dara O’Shea, Kyle Bartley, Rekeem Harper, Filip Krovinovic and Austin all coming into the side.

In the first half, Albion didn’t look themselves again and were dominated in large parts by the hosts but Wednesday only mustered one meaningful chance when Adam Reach shot wide after Connor Wickham evaded two Baggies defenders with some quick feet.

However, towards the end of the first half, Bilic’s men were given a huge chance to take the lead as Moses Odubajo pulled down O’Shea in the penalty area from a Matheus Pereira free-kick and the referee David Webb pointed to the spot.

Austin calmly rolled the ball to the other side of Joe Wildsmith for his ninth goal of the season which ended the Baggies’s drab run in front of goal.

From that goal, Albion immediately came out refreshed for the second half and doubled their lead just short of the hour mark. Callum Robinson held the ball up well inside the box, before pushing it out to Kieran Gibbs, who whipped in a teasing delivery, which was met by Pereira who headed off the inside of the post.

Albion were nearly undone shortly after the restart when Kadeem Harris crashed the post after getting the beating of O’Shea.

Baggies substitute Kamil Grosicki was then denied twice as his first effort was bravely stopped by Wildsmith before he was met with an excellent tackle from Odubajo when inside the area.

Albion finally grabbed a third goal five minutes from time as Grosicki laid the ball to Pereira after some nice hold-up play by Robson-Kanu and he drilled the ball into the roof of the net after a slight deflection off the goalkeeper Wildsmith.

Here’s how we rated the WBA players in the 3-0 win: