Bristol City 1 Albion 3
By Oliver Bhurrut
SCOTT Dobie made it five goals in four games as Albion returned to winning ways in impressive fashion at Ashton Gate.
The Scotland international added to his consolation strike against Stoke on Saturday with 29th and 55th-minute efforts.
New boy Riccardo Scimeca also got in on the action with a 20-yard pile-driver to complete Albion's first-half comeback four minutes before the break and grab his first goal in Albion colours.
Leroy Lita had given the hosts a third-minute lead but a tactical change as early as the tenth minute had the desired effect as the Baggies' back-line put their early defensive jitters behind them.
Bernt Haas was the man to make way as James O'Connor came on and Scimeca dropped back to fill the vacant right-back slot.
Albion attacked from the off and triallist Marcin Zajac, given a second chance to impress after his start at the Britannia Stadium at the weekend, almost made an instant impact within the first minute as he twisted and turned on the edge of the penalty area before firing a left-foot shot over the bar.
But it was City who stunned the visitors when Bradley Orr caught the Baggies flat-footed at the back and slotted Leroy Lita through to run on and stroke the ball past Russell Hoult into the left-hand bottom corner in the third minute.
Gary Megson's hit back four minutes later when Darren Purse found Geoff Horsfield on the edge of the box with a lofted pass.
The Ł1 million hitman turned his man expertly and only a fine one-handed save by Steve Phillips, low to his left, prevented his 18-yard effort levelling the scores.
An open start to the game then saw Bernt Haas give the ball away in midfield and allow Ryan Harley to race on before his ball somehow found its way through to Scott Murray.
But the Bristol winger, unmarked at the back post, screwed his shot well wide of the left-hand upright.
That was the last action for the Swiss international as he made way for James O'Connor came on in midfield in the tenth minute with Riccardo Scimeca dropping to right-back.
The Baggies were carved pen yet again in the15th minute when Clayton Fortune slid the ball through to Lita who looked sure to double his tally on the night until Hoult saved well with his legs.
The Hawthorns No.1 came to the rescue again as he blocked the ball at Lita's feet after Murray played him in inside the box.
Purse was alert enough to head the ball behind for a corner as the ball spun goalwards.
Albion started turning the tide midway through the first half and Ł1.25 million signing Greening did well to beat Lita down the right before delivering a pin-point cross for Scott Dobie to head home his fourth goal in as many games at the back post in the 29th minute.
But Lita gave the Baggies a wake up call moments later when he cut inside Zajac on the left-hand edge of the penalty area and fired in a low shot which Hoult did well to parry away from danger down to his left.
Zajac had a golden opportunity to impress Megson in the 36th minute after O'Connor played him in over the top with a 30-yard ball.
The referee's assistant kept his flag down, much to everyone's surprise, but the Polish international snatched at the ball 18 yards out and lobbed it well over the bar when he only had Phillips to beat.
The busy O'Connor then rocketed a 20-yard shot inches over the bar after it took a deflection.
And from the resultant flag-kick Greening found O'Connor and he laid it off to Scimeca who showed the tiny Irishman how to do it by blazing home into the top left corner from just outside the area four minutes before the break.
Albion made a bright start to the second half and Zajac did well to beat his man on the right before pulling the ball back for Horsfield, 12 yards out, to force a fine diving save by Clint Davis.
Greening played the ensuing corner short to Scimeca and the former Leicester man did well to get to the by-line and find Dobie on the edge of the six-yard box.
The Scotland striker's first attempt was blocked by Sekani Simpson but the City defender gave Dobie a second bite at the cherry and he neatly controlled the ball before firing home a left-foot shot for his second of the night in the 55th minute.
The match then petered out as Albion took control and made it difficult for City to gain possession.
Despite the lengthy lull in the game Hoult stayed alert and he was at full stretch to tip over substitute Craig Loxton's swerving 25-yard drive two minutes before the end.
BRISTOL CITY (4-3-3): FIRST-HALF XI: Phillips, Smith, Butler, Coles, Woodman; Orr, Fortune, Harley; Murray, Heffernan, Lita. SECOND-HALF XI: Davis; Hart, Simpson, Hill, Holly; Brown (Flurry 85), Skuse (Anyinsah 85), Hawkins (Loxton 85); Roberts, Miller, Gillespie. Subs all used.
ALBION (4-4-2): Hoult; Haas (O'Connor 10), Purse, Gaardsoe, Robinson; Zajac, Johnson, Scimeca, Greening; Horsfield (Dyer 65), Dobie (Sakiri 82). Subs: Miotto (gk), Kuszczak (gk), Albrechtsen, Moore, Koumas, Gregan, Clement.
GOALS: BRISTOL CITY - Lita (3); ALBION - Dobie (29, 55), Scimeca (41).
REFEREE: T Kettle (Berkshire).
ATTENDANCE: 3,837 (528 Albion fans).
ALBION STARMAN: Jonathan Greening.