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West Bromwich Albion eased back to the top of the Championship table.

Written by on July 9, 2020

West Bromwich Albion eased back to the top of the Championship table as they put a big dent in Derby County’s hopes of a play-off place.

A goal in each half from on-loan Grady Diangana and young Irish defender Dara O’Shea lifted the Baggies back above Leeds United.

Slaven Bilic’s side are now two points clear of Marcelo Bielsa’s Whites, who host relegation-threatened Stoke City at Elland Road on Thursday.

But, most importantly in the race for automatic promotion, they have restored their advantage over third-placed Brentford back to five points.

Derby, previously unbeaten since the season restarted on 20 June, suffered their first loss in seven league matches. And, on a night when driving force Wayne Rooney was substituted, defeat came at a further cost with Louie Sibley’s late dismissal.

The 18-year-old’s red card, for apparently attempting to kick his way out of a tangle of legs, was Derby’s sixth this season – the most in the Championship.

But, although a three-game ban for violent conduct awaits, the Rams may well appeal, given how innocent the incident looked on the television replay.

Derby are back in action in one of Saturday’s two lunchtime kick-offs at home to Brentford, while Albion go to Ewood Park to face another play-off chasing side, ex-Baggies boss Tony Mowbray’s Blackburn Rovers.

(SOURCE : BBC)


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