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Cardiff City vs West Bromwich Albion. Sky Bet Championship.

Cardiff City StadiumAttendance17,363.

Cardiff City 0

    West Bromwich Albion 4

    • K Ahearne-Grant (5th minute)
    • C Nelson (56th minute own goal)
    • A Mowatt (75th minute)
    • M Phillips (82nd minute)

    Cardiff City 0-4 West Brom: Baggies thump Bluebirds to go back to top of Championship

    Report and highlights from the Sky Bet Championship clash between Cardiff City and West Brom at the Cardiff City Stadium as Karlan Grant, a Curtis Nelson own goal, Alex Mowatt and Matt Phillips sealed a comprehensive Baggies win

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    Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship between Cardiff and West Brom

    West Brom moved to the top of the Sky Bet Championship with a resounding 4-0 win at Cardiff that turned the heat up on under-fire Bluebirds boss Mick McCarthy.

    Karlan Grant's early effort, a Curtis Nelson own goal, an Alex Mowatt screamer and Matt Phillips' icing on the cake extended the visitors' unbeaten start and underlined the gulf between the two sides.

    This was Cardiff's sixth defeat in seven games in all competitions and, coming after Saturday's 5-1 defeat at Blackburn, McCarthy had to endure chants of 'You're getting sacked in the morning' from both sets of supporters.

    West Brom had not won in the Welsh capital since October 1974, but that 47-year wait came to an end as Albion leapfrogged inactive Bournemouth at the top of the table.

    Image: Matty Phillips celebrates scoring West Brom's fourth goal

    Aden Flint headed wide from a long Will Vaulks throw in the opening exchanges but Cardiff were behind after five minutes through Grant's third goal in two games.

    Adam Reach found Grant who shifted the ball onto his right foot to arrow a superb shot past Dillon Phillips from 25 yards.

    Cardiff's failure to engage West Brom forwards on the edge of their own penalty area almost cost them again after 26 minutes.

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    Several crisp Albion passes ended with Callum Robinson curling goalwards and testing a full-length Phillips.

    The home fans were showing signs of restlessness before the West Brom goal came under threat for the first time 10 minutes before the interval.

    Vaulks' deep cross was met by the head of Leandro Bacuna who guided it over goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.

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    West Brom's Alex Mowatt has an incredible left foot. Take a look at this hit!

    But the masked Darnell Furlong showed there was nothing wrong with his vision by completing a superb headed goal-line clearance.

    Robinson's tame effort was easily gathered by Phillips before James Collins spurned an inviting opportunity at the other end.

    Collins could only send his shot into the ground and it ballooned over the crossbar off the back of team-mate Ryan Giles, stretching Cardiff's first-half drought in Championship games this season to 10.

    At least Cardiff were showing more attacking intent than of late and Collins beat Kyle Bartley to a bouncing ball after the restart to set up another promising situation.

    Giles' centre was asking to be finished but Jake Livermore retreated to cut out the danger.

    West Brom doubled their lead after 56 minutes in almost comical fashion.

    Grant burst down the left and his cross was diverted by Phillips onto Flint and into the path of Robinson.

    The Republic of Ireland striker was off balance and his effort flew across goal for Nelson to clumsily find his own net via a post.

    Albion hammered home their superiority in the final 15 minutes as Cardiff fell apart.

    Mowatt smashed home a half-volley from 25 yards and substitute Phillips was given the freedom of Cardiff to make it nine goals past the Bluebirds in two games.

    What the managers said...

    Cardiff's Mick McCarthy: "People singing that at me… the away fans, that doesn't bother me one bit. When the home fans start doing it, that's a different ball game all together. I fully understand the fans and I have no complaints about them at all. I share their frustrations and I can't say we don't deserve it.

    "We need a result and fast to get some momentum back quickly. I'm not taking any comfort in anything at the moment. I want to turn it around and make sure we do better. We will carry on and working as hard as we can to do that."

    West Brom's Valerien Ismael: "I want to give a massive thank you to the players for the performance and the three points. When you make sacrifices to your family, it is performances like that that make it feel worth it. It was a great evening for us. We are now moving more towards my vision for this team. I want us to stay confident and move further in the right direction.

    "When we scored in the first half we set the tone, but I told them they needed to stay on the front foot. We knew Cardiff would come at us strongly at the start of the second half, but we scored the second at the right time and that gave us the confidence to go and score more. All the goals were brilliant and showed the confidence and mentality of this team."

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