The Warmdown: Albion bypass stubborn Tigers
Celebrations following Karlan Grant's winner - Photo by Adam Fradgley/West Bromwich Albion FC via Getty Images

West Bromwich Albion bounced back from defeat against Fulham to overcome a stubborn Hull City side in this EFL Championship encounter.

A Karlan Grant strike once again got the Baggies out of jail in the 69th minute, as the winger grabbed his seventh goal in eight league games.

Grant eventually broke the deadlock after Hull refused to budge for large parts of the game, Jake Livermore intercepted the ball high up the pitch for Callum Robinson to square it, allowing the former Huddersfield Town man to tap home.

Grant McCann's outfit came to frustrate the Baggies, however, their lack of creative threat meant the Tigers attacking candle was often blown out.

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  • Debut delight

Taylor Gardner-Hickman was handed his first West Brom league start after impressing during the Carabao Cup defeat at home to Arsenal.

The Telford born teenager started in place of the suspended Darnell Furlong who was dismissed during the defeat at Craven Cottage.

The 19-year-old came into the line-up and provided width down the right-hand side along with working hard to give a well-measured amount of tenacity. 

Although, it's seen as unlikely that the youngster will keep his place in the starting eleven due to the form of Furlong so far during the campaign.

Gardner-Hickman however, has put himself firmly in Valerien Ismael's mind for the next game against Middlesborough.

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  • Dull Hull

The Tigers find themselves in an unfavourable position in the EFL Championship so far this season, sitting in 23rd in the table.

Hull are also the lowest scorers in the division and it's clear to see why after an uninspiring attacking performance.

Scoring nine goals in 16 games means McCann's City team will struggle to propel themselves out of the relegation zone before the end of the season.

The Tigers have lost their last five second-tier games, heightening the pressure on McCann to turn things around.

Conjuring up a minuscule 0.56 expected goals (xG) despite having handy attacking players such as Malik Wilks and Keane Lewis-Potter is a cause for serious concern in the camp.

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  • What's next?

The Tigers will face up against fellow strugglers Barnsley who sit a place above them in the table, an encounter that could make or break either one of their seasons.

The Tykes have recently sacked manager Marcus Schopp who departed the club following a shocking run of form.

Albion are up against Neil Warnock's Middlesborough, with the former Cardiff, QPR and Sheffield United manager coming under pressure as Boro performances worsen.

The Baggies will hope to bridge the now four-point gap between themselves and Fulham who defeated Blackburn Rovers 7-0 in Wednesday night's game.

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