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A harsh lesson for West Brom's Brandon Thomas-Asante to learn

Sometimes football gives you harsh lessons to learn - and Brandon Thomas-Asante will have learned one in the defeat to Sunderland.

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Brandon Thomas-Asante receives his first yellow card from referee Matthew Donohue, two minutes later he was dismissed in the Sunderland defeat. (Photo by Adam Fradgley/West Bromwich Albion FC via Getty Images).

There is no doubt that his red card, for two rash challenges in the space of a few minutes, was the game changing moment for Albion.

Did it cost them the game? That is more difficult to answer, but it certainly cost them control of proceedings.

Within minutes of the striker taking the long walk to the baths, Sunderland were ahead.

And then aside from spells of pressure and a few half sights at goal, they maintained a grip on the game, a grip Albion had up until the red card.

In the end it proved to be the difference.