Daz is de­mand­ing Moore of the same af­ter four-midable sec­ond-half show

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - By JOHN WRAGG

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

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