Daz is demanding Moore of the same after four-midable second-half show
WEST BROM roared back to their best and blew apart Leeds’ bid to return to the top of the Championship.
The Baggies had taken only one point out of the previous 12 and were outside the promotion places at kick-off.
But they dominated Leeds who had lost only one game away from home all season.
It took a while for Albion to get their goals but when they came, they destroyed United.
A win would have taken the visitors top again – but they never looked like getting it.
Goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell didn’t help, being at fault for two goals. He could have done better with Hal RobsonKanu’s opener for West Brom in the 51st minute.
He got his hand to a long range shot by Matty Phillips (right) in the 67th minute but couldn’t stop the ball going in the net.
Peacock-Farrell lay on the ground and headed the turf in disappointment.
Harvey Barnes ran away and got a third in the 81st minute but the pick of West Brom’s four goals was sub Dwight Gayle’s back-heel two minutes later after Jay Rodriguez’s shot had been blocked.
The Baggies are now back to fifth in the table, having leaped five places.
And manager Darren Moore said: “This win has given us a platform again now for the rest of the season.
“We played very well. The plan was to try and take the game to Leeds and that’s what I thought we did.
It was important that the players dug in.”
Leeds got a goal back with Pabio Hernandez’s late looping header but it was too little too late.
Moore shook up his team as the answer to Albion’s poor spell, scrapping a three-man defence that has been punished recently and adding an extra defender.
Nobody has scored more in the second tier this season than West Brom and the emphasis was still on attack.
In the first half an hour it should have paid off with Albion going ahead.
Tosin Adarabioyo was the biggest culprit.
He had a brilliant chance in the 13th minute to ease the Baggies’ nerves after their dodgy run of form.
Craig Dawson headed down Phillips’ corner but Adarabioyo, 12 yards out, hit his volley wide. Robson-Kanu also went close just before that, cutting inside and shooting over.
Barnes also put one in the side netting and Rodriguez crashed a shot against the crossbar in the bright start West Brom needed after their damaging dull spell.
But they were just warming up and in the second half Leeds had no answers as they leaked in four goals and crashed to a damaging defeat.
Manager Marcelo Bielsa said: “I thought the score was exaggerated.”
■GAYLE FORCE: Dwight Gayle back-heels in the fourth