West Bromwich Albion moved back to within a point of Championship leaders Leeds and restored their five-point cushion over the play-off pack as they finally saw off Hull City in a stunning game of six goals.
Albion were twice pegged back by equalisers from relegation-threatened Hull, who were kept out of the bottom three only thanks to Middlesbrough’s home defeat by QPR.
But the quality of their football shone through after top scorer Charlie Austin had given them an early lead on his 31st birthday.
Although former Liverpool youngster Kevin Stewart levelled on 24 minutes, Albion defender Ahmed Hegazi headed his first goal since November 2018 to put the Baggies back in front before the break.
Mallik Wilks headed in Hull’s second equaliser three minutes after the restart but this time the Tigers stayed on level terms for less than 60 seconds.
Almost straight from the restart, Hull old boy Kamil Grosicki, on his full Baggies debut, cashed in on Matheus Pereira’s third assist of the day to score.
And the points were beautifully wrapped up on 76 minutes by Grady Diangana, just four minutes after coming on as a substitute.
The West Ham loan man cut in with a parallel run along the edge of the box from the right before finishing with a neat low left-foot Mohamed Salah-style shot to wrongfoot Hull keeper George Long and steer the ball just inside his left post.
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