Matt Phillips’ stunning late equaliser has rightly received a lot of plaudits from some fans on Twitter but still has not filled a lot of West Brom fans with confidence.
The Scot rifled in the equaliser on 87 minutes after his side had been second best throughout their contest against Nottingham Forest.
Despite criticism of a few West Brom players by some fans, there was no such criticism of Phillips, who was described as “too good for us”. However, with a day remaining of the summer’s transfer window, it may well have been his last game for The Baggies, with the player being linked to Newcastle and Cardiff.
Some fans saw Phillips’ display, as well as the short spell by Dwight Gayle, as the only positives to take from a game, in a match that they deserved to lose in truth. One fan went as far to say “I’m genuinely struggling to see signs for optimism”.
Other fans saw the draw as a “step in the right direction”, and something to build on. But that may be dependant on whether the club can keep hold of Phillips.
This is what the fans had to say:
On a positive note, Matt Phillips has been brilliant these past two games and is probably the only player on the pitch who is genuinely too good for us in this league #wba
— Marty Duffy (@Marty_Duffy) August 7, 2018
Boomtown from Matty Phillips.. plenty to improve on but step in the right direction! Come on you baggies!
— Ali Bray (@GamechangerBray) August 7, 2018
— Dave Rogers (@drogers39) August 7, 2018
Some strike Matty phillips
— Martyn Rice (@martynrice18) August 7, 2018
Top finish from Matty Phillips #NOTWBA
— Daz Mckavett (@Dazmac1882) August 7, 2018
Super Matty Phillips
— Daniel Hadley (@DanHadley8) August 7, 2018
Smashed it @phillips_matty what a way to secure a point for @WBA tonight no better time for it other than right at the death with an absolute screamer that no keeper is stopping!! Still not sure how that net didn't come off you hit it with so much powerrr!!! #mattyphillips
— Jamie Carter (@jayvardz94) August 7, 2018
Matty Phillips should not be in the Championship.
— Hayden (@HJJ92_) August 7, 2018
Other fans were less positive:
Apart from Dwight Gayle’s impact & the start to season from Matty Phillips I’m genuinely struggling to see signs for optimism. Defence all over place, liability for keeper and attacks led by individual efforts rather than design. Hope I’m wrong but these are worrying signs #wba
— David Jones (@PerfidusAlbion) August 7, 2018