Bertrand Traore registered a goal and an assist as Aston Villa ruined Sam Allardyce’s return to the dugout with a 3-0 win over West Brom at The Hawthorns.
The visitors took the lead inside five minutes when Anwar El Ghazi finished Traore’s cross cleverly, before the Baggies were reduced to ten men when captain Jake Livermore was dismissed on the half-hour mark for scything down Jack Grealish.
After the break, West Brom defended well and broke with some regularity. But they were unable to carve out many clear cut chances, while Villa also threatened with Ollie Watkins having a goal ruled out for offside.
The visitors eventually broke down the Baggies’ stubborn resistance, adding two late goals in the final six minutes. The first was scored by Traore, who rolled the ball past the a stricken Sam Johnstone, before El Ghazi converted a penalty after Grealish was fouled in the box.