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A classy second half goal from Salomon Rondon sealed a deserved 1-0 win for West Brom over Bristol City in their FA Cup third-round replay at Ashton Gate.
In a game lacking quality, Rondon’s moment of class proved to be good enough to set-up a fourth round clash at home to Peterborough for the Premier League side.
The home side started brightly as they looked to cause an upset and they had the first chance of the night after 16 minutes.
Booby Reid played a pin-point pass into the path of Wes Burn who raced through one on one, but he pulled his effort inches past the post when he really should have scored.
The Baggies grew into the game after this let off and they almost broke the deadlock seven minutes later when Craig Gardner pounced on a loose ball on the edge of the box and fired a strike just wide.
In a tight encounter, Gardner was again involved six minutes before the break when his scuffed volley was met by unmarked Gareth McAuley, but he headed over from four yards with the goal at his mercy.
And the visitors were almost made pay for this miss of the stroke of halftime when Luke Freeman curled a brilliant freekick just wide from 20 yards as the sides went in level at the break.
The second half started much like the majority of the first with both sides struggling for any real dominance, but the deadlock was finally broken with a moment of quality after 52 minutes.
Craig Dawson clipped in a cross that was superbly controlled on his chest by Salomon Rondon and the striker finished coolly under pressure to make it 1-0.
The Baggies dominated possession after this as they kept City at arm’s length, but they were almost punished by a mistake from Ben Foster with eight minutes remaining.
Foster failed to deal with a cross into the box and the ball fell to Wes Burns but his strike was tipped around the post by the keeper as he made up for his earlier error.
The hosts threw men forward in the dying minutes as they looked for a way back into the game but they were unable to breach a stubborn Baggies defence as Tony Pulis’ men held on to seal a 1-0 win.
At Villa Park, second half goals from Ciaran Clark and Idrissa Gueye helped Aston Villa to a hard fought 2-0 win over Wycome Wanderers.
After a rather tepid opening 45 minutes, Villa were slightly better after the break and they finally broke the deadlock with 15 minutes remaining when Ciaran Clark powered a header home from six yards to make it 1-0.
And the Premier League outfit sealed the win in the final minute when Rudy Gestede teed up Gueye and he stroked home to set-up a fourth round tie against Manchester City.
Elsewhere in the Cup, Bolton avoided a huge upset by coming from behind to beat Eastleigh 3-2.
At Fratton park, Portsmouth pulled off the biggest shock of the night as they beat Championship side Ipswich 2-1, while the MK Dons and Reading also booked their place in the next round.