West Brom’s struggles at the start of the new League season continued as a fiery Cardiff earned a 0-0 draw against the Hawthorns.
The result left Steve Bruce’s men, favored by many for a promotion push this season, in the relegation zone after four games.
The Wales side, meanwhile, are in the top six after racking up successive clean sheets.
West Brom, who gave Okay Yokuslu his first league start since returning to the club in the summer, immediately gained momentum and were straight into the limelight.
Jed Wallace nearly caused problems for the Bluebirds when a poor delivery nearly turned into a Cardiff goal.
Albion continued to knock on the door into the first half hour of the game, after Cardiff’s hapless left-back Jamilu Collins hobbled with what looked like a knee injury.
Wallace looked to turn provider down the right, when he was ran off and collected the ball for captain Jake Livermore, who fired a straight shot at goalkeeper Ryan Allsop.
Karlan Grant, West Brom’s top scorer with 18 goals last season and already has a strike to his name this season, fired wildly with his weaker left foot as the hosts continued to press.
But Cardiff eventually gained a foothold in the game and sought to respond with their own threat.
Right-back Mahlon Romeo went close as he stole a shot from the edge of the box over the bar, while Sheyi Ojo – who caused Livermore plenty of problems in midfield – curled a effort just wide of the far post when the opposing team played a short corner.
The Baggies suffered similar frustrations early in the second half.
Summer signing John Swift went close when he danced around the edge of the area from the left and bent a deflected shot wide from the angle of the post and bar.
West Brom centre-half Semi Ajayi aimed for the target when he got up for a corner, but Allsop – who was a Hawthorns rookie himself – handled it comfortably.
Romaine Sawyers, who was released by Albion in the summer and signed for Cardiff on a free transfer, was introduced late and was warmly welcomed by the Hawthorns.
What the managers said…
West Brom’s Steve bruce“We’re short, but we still have two and a half weeks left. We’ll see what becomes available. We haven’t played well enough, certainly up front we didn’t really have the creativity.
“We made the wrong decisions. I couldn’t fault their efforts, but it was that lack of quality or decision-making that let me down.”
Cardiff Steve morisson“It’s a tough place to come. What I liked the most was that the guys played with confidence, conviction, swagger, with and without the ball. Our intensity was good, our attitude was good. I thought for a man everyone was great Again I thought a draw was a fair enough result Coming to West Brom and playing the way we wanted to and trying the things we tried… were- we sometimes on the edge of our seats Yes I was, definitely But, also, when we got it right, it was a pleasure to watch.
“It’s just a shame that one of the chances we had from the edge of the box didn’t materialize. If anyone were to see me before the game, we’d leave here with a point and a good performance. , I would be a happy man.”