West Brom went top of the Championship overnight and strengthened their chances of automatic promotion with a 2-0 home win over Derby.
With Leeds not playing until this evening, the Baggies had a chance to usurp the Whites at the summit and they duly seized it, with Grady Diangana firing them into an early lead and Dara O’Shea sealing the points with 15 minutes to go (as per Sky Sports).
Three wins on the trot have left Slaven Bilic’s side on the cusp of securing a return to the Premier League and, aside from the headline-grabbing goal-scorers, one of the men who has previously represented them in the top flight did his bit in helping to get West Brom closer to readmission to that promised land.
Jake Livermore had to be content with substitute appearances in Albion’s two previous games but he was restored to the starting line-up at The Hawthorns yesterday and the club captain showed just why he has started all but three of the team’s league matches so far this season. [via TransferMarkt]
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He won four tackles against the Rams, the most of any player on the pitch, as well as making two clearances, while his range of distribution was on show as he completed three key passes, second only to Matheus Pereira. [via WhoScored]
Livermore was involved in many of his team’s best moments on the day, setting the tone with a crunching tackle to win the ball and begin a move which ended with Pereira firing just wide in the first half. He could easily have had a couple of assists as he provided enticing deliveries to Kamil Grosicki and Pereira either side of half-time, only for the Polish winger to miss the target and the on-loan Brazilian to be thwarted by Derby goalkeeper Ben Hamer. [via Express & Star]
The 30-year-old’s performance was rightly praised afterwards by Birmingham Live reporter Joseph Chapman, who wrote: “This was more like Livermore at his tigerish best. Landed one excellent tackle up high as Albion pressed their visitors intensely early on. Broke ranks to win the ball back. Also wasn’t afraid to dish out a hammering to any teammates he didn’t think were pulling their weight.”
Eight points from their final four games will guarantee Premier League football for West Brom next season. On the evidence of yesterday’s performance, Livermore is on a mission to make sure that he and his team-mates fulfil that objective.
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