West Brom returned to the Championship summit yesterday night, securing a 4-0 win away to Cardiff City.
Karlan Grant opened the scoring for the visitors, before a Curtis Nelson own goal doubled The Baggies’ advantage.
Alex Mowatt’s wonder strike made it 3-0 in the second half, with Matt Phillips netting a fourth in the 82nd minute.
Bournemouth do however, have an immediate opportunity to regain their place at the top of the second-tier standings when they travel to Peterborough United later on today.
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After yesterday’s match, Valerien Ismael spoke to the media about players that were missing from the squad. Most notably, Robert Snodgrass missed out on the trip, and speaking to Birmingham Live, the former Barnsley man addressed the 34-year-old’s situation: “He twisted his ankle, and he was not fit for the trip. We will see (if he’s available for Stoke). We stay here Tuesday in Cardiff and we come back first Wednesday to West Bromwich.
“We will assess the situation Wednesday afternoon, for our squad for the last training session on Thursday afternoon.”
Snodgrass is a player who possesses a lot of Championship and higher-level experience, and subsequently, having him around will stand The Baggies in good stead of promotion.
Of course they will prefer him to be fit, available, and on the pitch, but his know-how of the division will be invaluable in what remains of this season.
The Baggies are having to contend with a lot of injuries to key men at the moment, and whilst yesterday’s result suggests that they are coping admirably, a couple more absentees could result in things becoming a lot more difficult for Ismael’s side as the season progresses.