After the miserable 2-1 defeat to Bolton at the weekend, many fans viewed this match against Nottingham Forest as a chance for redemption. Sadly, it didn’t turn out that way.
The Baggies were ushered off the ball at almost every opportunity as Forest began to dictate the flow of the game, shooting on goal whenever they felt like it.
Adlene Guediora was to break the deadlock in the 59th minute with a strike from easily 25 yards out.
Questions need to be asked about Sam Johnstone yet again, as he failed to get down quick enough to a ball that took easily more than a second to reach the goal. Johnstone had also made the same mistakes against Bolton; for the first goal, he failed to get low in time to block Josh Magennis’ header, and for the second, he let Yanic Wildschut hook the ball in from mere yards away and failed to react on time to stop it.
Albion began to attack a lot more towards the end of the game, especially after the introduction of Dwight Gayle.
But the Baggies would have to wait until the 87th minute before a goal was scored, and what a goal it was! Matt Phillips rifled the ball into the top corner of the goal after the ball bobbled at his feet following a misplaced cross from Kieran Gibbs.
Many will claim that the Baggies undeservedly stole a point from the game tonight, but if it wasn’t for the attacking tenacity, it could’ve been far worse.
Here are the five biggest Albion-related talking points from the game: