West Bromwich Albion scored a late winner as they extended their lead at the top of the Championship table with one defender proving valuable for Slaven Bilic’s men.
Substitute Hal Robson-Kanu celebrated his new contract with the winning goal in the 82nd minute against Middlesbrough.
Goalkeeper Sam Johnstone had a magnificent game for the side, pulling off seven saves in an outstanding performance, including a double-save before half time.
Kyle Bartley proved monstrous in defence as he staked his claim for a starting spot ahead of the returning Ahmed Hegazi. The centre-back made the most clearances and the most blocks as he defended stoutly.
Jake Livermore showed all of his Premier League experience during the encounter, having the joint-highest pass completion rate of any Baggies player on the pitch.
However, it was Darnell Furlong, who showed his worth for the side in a good performance from right-back. The full-back was clean in possession of the ball, only losing it three times throughout the 90 minutes.
He also made the joint-most interceptions and the fourth-most clearances, showing his resolute defending for the side.
The 23-year-old curbed his attacking instincts as he attempted just 22 out of his 60 passes in the West Brom’s final third.
Express and Star agreed with these thoughts on the 23-year-old as they gave him a seven out of 10, commenting on his ‘steady display’.
They said: “With Matheus Pereira eager to cut inside from the right flank, Furlong had to curb his attacking instincts to ensure he wasn’t caught out of position.”
“But he became more of a threat after the break as Albion grew in stature – in what, overall, was a steady display.” (Source: Express and Star)
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