West Brom scored late on to draw 2-2 with Aston Villa in dramatic fashion, leaving the gap between themselves and second place Leeds United at three points.
Aston Villa took an early lead through loan star Anwar El Ghazi, while Dwight Gayle equalised for the Baggies before the half hour mark.
El Ghazi extended the Villans lead after the restart, just before the hour mark, and it appeared that the club had moved themselves back into the play-off positions for the time being.
However a late strike from Jay Rodriguez earned the Baggies a point, leaving Villa two points shy of the play-offs’ final spot.
Third place West Brom will now hope Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest fail to win their respective games in hand, to prevent them from being leapfrogged by the Championship duo.
Here is how we rated Albion’s players during this encounter.
Sam Johnstone - 6.5
Made some smart saves, including a fantastic stop against Tammy Abraham.
Tosin Adarabioyo - 5
Not a good night for the young Manchester City defender, who struggled to cope with the threat of Yannick Bolasie.
Craig Dawson - 6
Committed as usual, Dawson grew into the game and often found himself in space to frustrate Aston Villa’s advances.
Ahmed Hegazi - 5
Booked for a cynical challenge and deflected Anwar El Ghazi’s shot into his own net, but otherwise uneventful.
Kieran Gibbs - 6.5
Was up against it when facing El Ghazi, but managed to cope reasonably well while also getting forward.
Matty Phillips - 7
Was often found behind most of West Brom’s best movements, and gave Villa’s defensive line something to think about. His impact lessened as the game entered it’s latter stages.
Jake Livermore - 5
Very absent display for Albion’s captain, who was very much a passenger.
Gareth Barry - 8
Combative in the tackle and dominant in possession, Barry distributed the ball across the field with panache – on just his fourth league start of the season too.
Dwight Gayle - 6
Marked his return from injury with a well struck volley, but had a limited effect on the game otherwise.
Jay Rodriguez - 6.5
Didn’t have much luck throughout the contest, with many opportunities not falling his way. He was rewarded for his persistence however, salvaging a point for Albion at the death.
Harvey Barnes - 7
Was very up for this encounter, and made sure his opposing number Alan Hutton felt his presence. However was partially at fault for Villa’s second, having failed to track back and support Kieran Gibbs.