West Brom strengthens playoff spot with easy win over Rotherham

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At The Hawthorns, West Brom defeated Rotherham, who had already been demoted, 2-0 to secure their spot in the Championship play-offs.

The victory was sealed by John Swift and Brandon Thomas-Asante, as the Baggies capitalised on errors made by the pursuing group.

Prior to Swift’s goal from the penalty spot, there was a lot of discussion. Although defender Lee Peltier was obviously outside of the penalty area, referee Geoff Eltringham determined that he had handled the ball.

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At first, Rotherham disregarded Albion’s attempts to achieve a breakthrough early on. When Swift met Tom Fellows’ low middle from the right, he had a chance, but he misdirected his shot over the bar.

Swift then played Thomas-Asante in over the top, but the striker missed the mark with a tight angle.

About halfway through the first half, West Brom took the lead. Adam Reach was sent streaking down the left by Celtic loanee Mikey Johnston, and he sent a cutting low ball for Thomas-Asante, who was unable to miss from a few yards away.

Having lagged behind, Rotherham might have let the floodgates open, but they started playing with greater purpose.

Cafu attempted to volley a deep cross from the right that was supplied by Hakeem Odoffin, but he ultimately smashed his half-chance over the bar.

However, West Brom extended their lead in the most contentious of circumstances during first-half stoppage time. From around 25 yards away, Thomas-Asante leathered a shot that looked goalbound but instead struck Peltier.

Peltier appeared to be a few yards beyond of the penalty area, but referee Eltringham waited before pointing to the spot.

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The Hawthorns were shocked by the decision, and Rotherham, who had assistant head coach Rob Kelly scheduled for his complaints, was understandably bewildered. To give the home team a lead at the break, Swift duly converted.

Once Sebastian Revan broke into the penalty area and set up his captain Oliver Rathbone, who fizzed a shot just wide of Alex Palmer’s post, Rotherham might have easily equalised right away.

The Millers were appreciative of their own goalie Viktor Johansson for stopping Thomas-Asante from adding to West Brom’s score after Johnston had expertly placed him in. Revan then put Palmer to the test.

Next, in his last act before being replaced by Josh Maja, who was back, the team’s top scorer sent a shot over the crossbar from six yards out.

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