West Brom rose to the top of the Sky Bet Championship with a resounding 4-0 victory in Cardiff that put pressure on Bluebirds boss under fire Mick McCarthy.
Karlan Grant’s initial effort, a home goal from Curtis Nelson, a screamer from Alex Mowatt and the icing on the cake from Matt Phillips extended the visitors’ undefeated start and underscored the rift between the two teams.
It was Cardiff’s sixth loss in seven games in all competitions and, following Saturday’s 5-1 loss to Blackburn, McCarthy had to endure ‘You get kicked out in the morning’ slogans from both fan groups.
West Brom hadn’t won in the Welsh capital since October 1974, but that 47-year wait came to an end as Albion edged inactive Bournemouth at the top of the table.
Aden Flint nodded off a long throw from Will Vaulks in the opening trade, but Cardiff was behind after five minutes thanks to Grant’s third goal in two games.
Adam Reach found Grant who shifted the ball to his right foot to unleash a superb shot past Dillon Phillips 25 yards away.
Cardiff’s failure to engage West Brom forwards from the edge of their own penalty area nearly cost them again after 26 minutes.
Several clean passes from Albion ended with Callum Robinson curling towards goal and testing a full Phillips.
Home fans were showing signs of unrest before West Brom’s goal was threatened for the first time 10 minutes before the break.
Vaulks’ deep cross was greeted by a header from Leandro Bacuna who guided him to goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.
But masked Darnell Furlong showed there was nothing wrong with his vision with a superb header over the goal line.
Robinson’s tame effort was easily gathered by Phillips before James Collins dismissed an inviting opportunity on the other end.
Collins could only send his shot into the ground and he swelled over the crossbar at the back of teammate Ryan Giles, taking Cardiff’s drought in the first half to 10 in the matches. championship this season.
At least Cardiff was showing more attacking intentions than in recent times and Collins beat Kyle Bartley against a bouncing ball after the restart to set another promising situation in place.
Giles’ cross demanded to be finished but Jake Livermore pulled out to eliminate the danger.
West Brom doubled their lead after 56 minutes in an almost comical fashion.
Grant broke into the left and his cross was deflected by Phillips onto Flint and into Robinson’s path.
The Republic of Ireland striker was off balance and his effort went through the goal for Nelson to awkwardly find his own net via a post.
Albion hammered home his superiority in the final 15 minutes as Cardiff collapsed.
Mowatt smashed a half-volley from 25 yards and substitute Phillips had the freedom of Cardiff to score nine goals against the Bluebirds in two games.