League Two outfit Exeter City put up a spirited performance and have absolutely nothing to be ashamed following their performance, however, the Premier League class shone through as goals from Salomón Rondón and Jay Rodriguez saw the Baggies brush aside Paul Tisdale’s side.
West Brom got off to the perfect start, when Rondon fired them ahead with barely one minute on the clock. A cross from the left hand side was only half cleared by the Exeter defence, and the Venezuelan was on hand to slot home a lovely finish from the edge of the box.
Midway through the first half, and West Brom saw their lead doubled by the lively Rodriguez. Exeter failed to clear a Hal Robson-Kanu cross, and after a brief goal mouth scramble, Rodriguez was on hand to prod home to give the Baggies a two goal lead going into half-time.
However, it could have been even better for Alan Pardew’s men, as Robson-Kanu failed to convert a penalty late in the first half, with Exeter goalkeeper Christy Pym pulling off a fantastic save to keep the Grecians in the tie.
Exeter threw everything at West Brom in the second half in an attempt to get back into the game, but Ben Foster proved equal to all chances, as the Premier League side safely saw off any threats to preserve their clean sheet, and secure Pardew his first win as Albion manager.
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