Romaine Sawyers was dismissed for West Bromwich Albion against Bristol City on Saturday, leaving Slaven Bilic with a slight selection headache.
Sitting top of the Championship league table, the Baggies travelled to Ashton Gate in an attempt to gain another win and further enhance their chances of an automatic promotion.
The hosts did pose a threat though, having promotion hopes of their own – but the impressive Callum Robinson opened the scoring just after the hour mark.
The visitors lead was then doubled just four minutes later when Hal Robson-Kanu got off the mark and it remained 2-0 heading into the half time interval.
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With the home side struggling to produce any clear cut chances, West Brom made them pay with just over ten minutes to go as Robson-Kanu scored a second for himself and a third for his side.
77’ | Bristol City 0-2 Albion.
Red card. Sawyers.
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) February 22, 2020
Slaven Bilic’s side remained four points clear of second placed Leeds United, who beat Reading thanks to a Pablo Hernandez strike.
One blip on the result though was Sawyers’ red card, with the ex-Brentford man dismissed for a reaction to a foul from Jamie Paterson.
And, we have identified TWO players who could now fill the void left by Sawyers:
Barry is more than capable of replacing Sawyers alongside Jake Livermore, and the very reason of bringing him back tot he club – was because of potential suspensions or injuries.
The veteran midfielder has featured on a handful of occasions this term for the Baggies, but his professionalism and experience will see him come into the starting eleven and provide Bilic with a more than capable asset.
Harper’s chances have been few and far between at the Hawthorns this term – having signed a new and extended deal at the club last year.
Whilst Gareth Barry’s experience may be preferred, Harper’s willingness to impress could give Bilic some food for thought.
The young midfielder has impressed when given the chance and for the U23 side when featured this term – and now could be the time for him to make a mark in the first team.