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West Bromwich Albion 4-0 Chesterfield: Baggies cruise into fourth round

West Bromwich Albion cruised into the fourth round of the FA Cup with a comfortable win over National League side Chesterfield in a replay.

John Swift put the Baggies ahead when he curled into the bottom left-hand corner midway through the first half.

The five-time winners doubled their lead through Tom Rogic three minutes after the restart and Jake Livermore soon made it 3-0 from a corner.

After Akwasi Asante hit the bar for the visitors, Jovan Malcolm added a fourth.

Albion will travel to Bristol City in the next round after the Robins beat Swansea City 2-1 after extra time on Tuesday.

Chesterfield and West Brom drew 3-3 in the initial tie 10 days ago, with the Championship club needing an injury-time equaliser from Brandon Thomas-Asante to force a replay – having led twice in the first half.

The Spireites are pushing for promotion back to the English Football League, but Paul Cook’s men ultimately paid for defensive errors against a club who are in form and 70 places above them in the league pyramid.

The hosts made a fast start at The Hawthorns despite making 10 changes from their win at Luton Town on Saturday, as Grady Diangana had a goal ruled out in the third minute for a foul on Chesterfield keeper Lucas Covolan.

Swift, the only survivor from the weekend, broke the deadlock when a poor clearance by Jamie Grimes was headed into the box by Livermore and the midfielder brought the ball down smartly before curling a low left-footed shot past the outstretched hand of the keeper.

West Brom took control after the break as Rogic converted after Chesterfield failed to clear Adam Reach’s cut-back, and then Livermore was left unmarked to control and hammer in on the half-volley in from Swift’s short corner six minutes later.

The visitors almost pulled one back with eight minutes left, but Asante had an effort well saved by David Button and Tim Akinola saw his follow-up blocked before Asante then clattered the crossbar from close range.

Albion wrapped up the scoring in injury time when substitute Malcolm headed in Conor Townsend’s cross for his first senior goal for the club.

West Brom head coach Carlos Corberan told BBC Radio WM:

“The result was positive and fact we keep going in the cup was important.

“Every player that is on the pitch, especially the attacking players, needs to have responsibility to help the team in every moment of the game.

“I think John Swift was fantastic, helping the team in the middle and with a very good finish with his left foot.

“I am pleased with the nature of the goals.”

Chesterfield assistant manager Danny Webb told BBC Radio Sheffield:

“Four awful goals to concede. Not one of them was really them carving us open.

“They are a very good Championship team, and you saw that from the quality they had. But we look back at the four goals, they are ones we have given them on a plate and haven’t them defended well at all.

“It’s all about the score and we’ve got no qualms.

“You can’t afford to defend like that, and it’s a shame because we brought so many supporters and we hoped it was written in the stars to cause an upset.”

Line-ups

West Brom

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Button
  • 29Gardner-Hickman
  • 6AjayiBooked at 90mins
  • 16Kelly
  • 20Reach
  • 8Livermore
  • 7RogicSubstituted forMolumbyat 76′minutes
  • 19SwiftSubstituted forPhillipsat 55′minutesSubstituted forat 90+1′minutes
  • 39AndrewsSubstituted forTownsendat 61′minutes
  • 11DianganaSubstituted forJ Wallaceat 76′minutes
  • 28ClearySubstituted forMalcolmat 61′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Furlong
  • 3Townsend
  • 4O’Shea
  • 10Phillips
  • 14Molumby
  • 17J Wallace
  • 24Palmer
  • 32Malcolm
  • 35Yokuslu

Chesterfield

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 31Covolan Cauagnari
  • 20KingSubstituted forShecklefordat 65′minutes
  • 12Williams
  • 5Grimes
  • 33ClementsSubstituted forHortonat 78′minutes
  • 35JonesSubstituted forAkinolaat 65′minutes
  • 7MandevilleSubstituted forUchegbulamat 75′minutes
  • 19Asante
  • 26Oldaker
  • 17DobraBooked at 90mins
  • 9TshimangaSubstituted forBanksat 64′minutesBooked at 68mins

Substitutes

  • 1Fitzsimons
  • 3Horton
  • 4Akinola
  • 6Maguire
  • 16Sheckleford
  • 18Uchegbulam
  • 21Palmer
  • 28Banks
  • 40Cook

Referee:
Tim Robinson

Attendance:
12,638

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