Townsend’s goal at London Stadium was his first for the Baggies since he joined the club in 2018

A dismal performance saw West Ham crash out of the FA Cup with a feeble home defeat at the hands of West Brom.

Conor Townsend’s rasping early strike proved enough to send the Baggies through to the fifth round, although the Championship leaders had enough chances to win by a much bigger margin.

West Ham offered little in response, even when West Brom had defender Semi Ajayi sent off for his second booking with 18 minutes remaining.

Hammers boss David Moyes had named a strong line-up but his side took until the 90th minute – when Declan Rice tested Jonathan Bond from distance – to muster a shot on target,

In contrast, West Brom were a constant threat while they had 11 men, with Charlie Austin twice going close and Kyle Edwards also testing Darren Randolph.

West Brom boss Slaven Bilic, facing West Ham for the first time since they sacked him in November 2017, had made it clear before the game that promotion is his priority this season – but his side go into the hat for Monday’s draw.

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