It doesn’t happen very often where you find yourself praising your goalkeeper for a win that came about via a 3-0 margin. However, that’s exactly what happened last night as West Brom beat Swansea at The Hawthorns. The Baggies could do little to stop the visitors creating chances, and Sam Johnstone was equal to all of the Swans’ efforts.
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) March 13, 2019
The Baggies, in their first game since the abysmal sacking of Darren Moore, were helped on the night by Bersant Celina’s woeful penalty miss, yet in truth, they never looked like finding a way past Johnstone anyway. The ex-Manchester United shot-stopper was at the very top of his game as he continually denied Graham Potters’ side a way back into the game as his side took their chances up the other end.
Goals from Chris Brunt, Mason Holgate and Jay Rodriguez confirmed the win for the home side, yet none of the three goalscorers were ever going to be given the man of the match award ahead of their magnificent goalkeeper. His clean sheet last night was Johnstone’s 7th of the season, and the Baggies will all be hoping for a strong end to the season with a few more clean sheets for the 25-year-old.
You can read the Baggies’ verdict on Johnstone here:
Johnstone statue needed
— Matt (@mxttarr1) March 13, 2019
See what happens when the pressure is off the defence and keep where they aren’t asked to play tiki taka? Johnstone doing exactly what he was bought to do, save shots and not try and be Ederson
— KJGx (@WBAFC_KJG) March 13, 2019
Sam Johnstone and Conor Townsend quality tonight these two
— TheRealWatto (@WattonCharlie) 13 March 2019
SJ was my MotM closely followed by Brunt.
Well played boys
— Bomber’s Boots (@BombersBoots) 13 March 2019
Not convinced by that, Johnstone was incredible, brunty back to his best but they cut us right open time again first half. Better second half but got to improve for Brentford.
— Jack Pallett (@PallettJack) March 13, 2019
@samjohnstone50 best game by far this season!!! COYB
— Joe Scofield (@JoeScofield3) 13 March 2019
Johnstone you sexy man! What a performance @samjohnstone50
— Andy (@Andy76620323) March 13, 2019
The Baggies loved Johnstone’s heroic display and will be keen for more of the same when they face Brentford on Saturday.