Before this game, Luton Town had not lost at Kenilworth Road since March 2018. It was always going to be difficult to get much from this game, but a double from Grady Diangana turned a one-nil deficit on its head and the Baggies escaped with three points.
After Diangana put Albion ahead, we controlled the game, passing the ball nicely and constantly threatening to score a third through several different players.
The first half, however, could have been a lot better. A free header in the 15th minute allowed Harry Cornick to nod home the opening goal and errors at the back were frequent.
But whatever Slaven Bilic said to the players at half-time clearly worked a treat, as we shored up our defence for the remainder of the match, leaving the Hatters flustered.
This was shown by some of their reckless tackles towards the end of the game, with former West Brom midfielder, Callum McManaman, failing to control his frustration and lunging in on Nathan Ferguson. Thankfully, he wasn’t injured.
Ultimately, we saw out the 2-1 lead and took home the well-deserved three points. But how did the players do individually? Let’s take a look.
Sam Johnstone - 7
Johnstone returned to fine form in this game. His last couple of performances were poor, but he redeemed himself today.
Nathan Ferguson - 7
Kept a cool head despite constant abuse from the Luton fans, and ensured that the right flank was his throughout the match.
Semi Ajayi - 7
Strong performance from the Nigerian. He’s proving to be quite the signing this season. His defending was solid and he also posed a threat on the attack via set-pieces.
Kyle Bartley - 7
Bartley has exceeded expectations as the replacement for Ahmed Hegazi so far this season, playing stellar in all of his appearances for the Baggies. He works very well alongside Ajayi and the pair complement each other at the back.
Kieran Gibbs - 8
Gibbs is the quintessential footballing professional. He doesn’t draw much attention to himself, but you know that when you see his name on the team sheet, he’s going to give it his all. And he did just that today, adding some real potency to the attack with his runs down the left flank. He also linked up well with Edwards and Pereira.
Jake Livermore (C) - 8
Livermore was handed the Captain’s armband today, and it’s easy to see why he’s the go-to option for that role. He’s a natural leader in the centre of the park. He kept things under control when play started to get sloppy and injected discipline into the youthful side. Great performance.
Romaine Sawyers - 8
Another superb performance from Romaine Sawyers. He works very well alongside Livermore in midfield, and adds that much-needed attacking presence from the central midfielder role.
Kyle Edwards - 7
Edwards was swift and tricky to defend against down the left side of the pitch, but there wasn’t much end product in the way of shooting on goal or crossing for a team-mate. That’s something he’ll have to work on. Individually, he’s very good, but the link-up play with the rest of the team could be better.
Filip Krovinovic - 8
I think it’s fair to say that Krovinovic hasn’t had a bad game for West Brom yet. In every match he’s played, he’s been focused, energetic, and a constant goal threat, despite playing as a No 10. We haven’t had someone so adept at his role for quite some time, so it’s always great to see him work his magic.
Matt Phillips - 7
Phillips was a thorn in the side of the Luton defence down the right hand side, but, like Edwards, he struggled with his end product. Unlike Edwards, he managed to get some half-decent balls into the box, but they could have been a lot better. We know Phillips is capable of much more.
Kenneth Zohore - 8
At last, Zohore puts in a good performance. It took a while for him to find his feet at the Baggies, but today could be the start of something new. He held up the ball well and made a lot of work for Luton’s centre-back pairing of Sonny Bradley and Matty Pearson, who struggled to contain him. He’s still yet to score a goal, which is somewhat alarming, but there are definitely signs of improvement.
Grady Diangana - 9 (Subbed on - 45')
Diangana has been superb for West Brom since he joined on loan from West Ham. He made his debut against Millwall midweek and put in a solid performance there, but the way he played today was simply fantastic.
He netted twice in three minutes after coming on at half-time, putting Albion back in front. Diangana essentially saved the day.
Matheus Pereira - 8 (Subbed on - 74')
Luton had no idea how to stop Pereira from dribbling down the wing. Not only is he quick, but he’s also very skilful, so the defenders are often left wrong-footed as he skips past them.
Great to see that kind of play in the Championship, as he can certainly do some damage against these types of opposition.
Charlie Austin - 7 (Subbed on - 79')
Austin fired off a few shots but none really tested the keeper. Having said that, he worked well with the attacking players and troubled the defence for the remainder of the game.