West Brom moved four points clear at the top of the Championship table with a convincing 2-0 win over play-off chasing Millwall at The Den on Sunday.
Filip Krovinovic scored the opening goal of the game after 43 minutes, as his well-placed effort gave Millwall goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski no chance.
Full-back Dara O’Shea wrapped up the victory with just six minutes remaining as the Baggies secured a crucial three points.
Baggies boss Slaven Bilic was quick to include influential midfielder Matheus Pereira back into the starting XI after he completed his suspension, with the 23-year-old starting out wide with Filip Krovinovic occupying the CAM role.
West Brom came into the game sat top of the Championship table, but will have been well-aware of the threat that play-off chasing Millwall would pose to them on Sunday afternoon.
It was the league leaders that started the game brightly, with Millwall captain Shaun Williams almost gifting Callum Robinson with an early sight of goal which the former Preston man couldn’t capitalise on.
But West Brom’s pressure continued to mount, as Millwall lost possession cheaply in their own half, which saw Matheus Pereira break free in the penalty area, but I his effort cannoned off the inside of the woodwork to see the scores remain level.
Millwall grew into the game though, and could have gone in front after 23 minutes, but Jed Wallace fired over from close-range after a swift counter-attacking move from Gary Rowett’s men.
The visitors quickly responded to that though, as a neat passage of play saw Callum Robins find Kyle Bartley inside the six-yard area, but the defender somehow fired wide with the goal at his mercy.
Slaven Bilic’s side certainly weren’t at their best during the first-half of the game, but they took the lead just two minutes before the half-time whistle with a fine goal from midfielder Filip Krovinovic.
After a cross-field ball from Matheus Pereira, Krovinovic took one touch inside Mahlon Romeo before curling a 20-yard effort past Millwall goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski to open the scoring for the league leaders shortly before half-time.
The Baggies started the second-half brightly, and spurned a golden opportunity to double their lead, as patient build-up play saw Callum Robinson’s cross find Hal Robson-Kanu who was sliding in, but the Welshman somehow fired over from two yards out.
Chances for either side were hard to come by in the early stages of the second-half, as both teams looked to create an opening for themselves on the day. Robson-Kanu and Pereira both couldn’t take chances from distance that came their way in quick succession, after good work from substitute Kamil Grosicki.
West Brom made the points safe as Dara O’Shea flicked home at the front post from a Baggies corner with just six minutes remaining of the contest.
Slaven Bilic’s side weren’t troubled in the final stages of the game, as they moved four points clear of second-placed Leeds United in the Championship table.
West Brom will be hoping to extend the lead over their promotion rivals with a positive result when they return to action against Reading at the Madejski Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Millwall will be keen to get their play-off challenge back on track when they take on promotion-chasing Fulham in what is certain to be a tricky test for the Lions.