West Bromwich Albion rescued a 2-2 draw in their home clash against bottom of the table Barnsley as one player went seemingly unnoticed for the Baggies.
Barnsley took a shock 2-0 lead thanks to two goals in the space of six first-half minutes from striker Cauley Woodrow.
However, West Brom turned things around late on in the second half. First, a teasing cross Matheus Pereira was turned into his own net by Bambo Diaby with the Brazilian then turning goalscorer with a thumping header after a great cross from Conor Townsend.
As always the on-loan Pereira was the man for the big occasion with his performance for Slaven Bilic’s side. The Sporting CP man attempted the joint-fourth most passes and the joint-third most dribbles as he held a key attacking threat (via WhoScored).
Romaine Sawyer continued to be the driving force in the middle of the pitch for the Baggies, attempting the most passes and the joint-second most tackles as he balanced his attacking and defensive duties.
However, it was Grady Diangana, who continued his good form for the Midlands side. The on-loan West Ham United man attempted and completed the joint-most dribbles of any player on the pitch as his silky feet helped unlock a stubborn Barnsley defence.
His passing was also a threat with just under 50% of his 37 attempted passes coming in the side’s final third, showing his willingness to press forward for the side.
The Birmingham Mail agreed with this analysis of Diangana as they gave him a seven out of 10, commenting on his touches of the ball.
They said: “Some outrageous touches again for Diangana, but that’s par for the course these days. Persistent, won the ball off a red shirt on more than one occasion when perhaps you wouldn’t have backed him to.” (Source: Birmingham Mail).
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