West Brom yet again showed the spirit and resilience they have shown so far this season to come back from a goal down to share the spoils with Derby at Pride Park.
The game had much debate, particularly with the quality of officiating as two of the three penalties awarded, did not look like the correct decisions and a number of other mistakes made caused Slaven Bilic to be sent to the stands.
Albion, not for the first time, began the game sloppily as Kieran Gibbs brought down Martyn Waghorn in the opening six minutes, where the striker tucked away from the penalty spot, sending Sam Johnstone the wrong way.
It looked like it had gone from bad to worse for the Baggies when Derby were awarded a second penalty as it was thought Filip Krovinovic had handled the ball in his own penalty area.
Sam Johnstone however silenced his critics by superbly keeping out Waghorn’s spot kick, diving down to his left which seemed to be the catalyst for us getting something out of the game.
The fightback came when we were awarded a penalty six minutes from time as Matheus Pereira was supposedly brought down in the box by Max Lowe but replays showed there was no contact.
Kenneth Zohore however dispatched the spot kick with ease for the second time in the space of a few days to send the travelling fans home very relieved as the unbeaten run continues.
Lets take a look at how the players did individually:
Sam Johnstone - 8
Answered the critics by saving the second Derby penalty and made decent saves to deny Jack Marriott and Martyn Waghorn later on. Man of the Match.
Nathan Ferguson - 5
Had a shot denied by Kelle Roos in the first half. Switched to left-back after Gibbs went off and struggled.
Semi Ajayi - 7
Composed performance from the £1.5 million man. Dealt with the Derby attack well and was solid all game.
Kyle Bartley - 7
Likewise, Bartley was solid. Composed against the frontmen and didn’t put a foot wrong.
Kieran Gibbs - 3
An afternoon to forget for Gibbs, who from kick-off gave a needless corner away and gifted Derby the first penalty before being taken off in the 21st minute for an injury.
Jake Livermore (C) - 7
Another great performance from Livermore today who commanded the midfield well and was unlucky not to score the winner late on.
Romaine Sawyers - 7
So composed on the ball and it was another decent shift from the local lad who is a firm fans favourite.
Filip Krovinovic - 6
Struggled to dictate the play in the first half but grew into the second, supplying the ball for Pereira for the penalty. Not one of his best performances for me though.
Kyle Edwards - 5
Had a shot ripple the side netting in the first half but it was another disappointing performance from Edwards, who struggled to make an impact, being taken off at half time.
Matt Phillips - 5
Frustrating to watch him today. Got into some good positions but simply doesn’t have a good enough final ball. His position is surely under threat now from Pereira and Diangana.
Kenneth Zohore - 7
A real nuisance for the Derby backline for most of the game. Put himself about well and got another goal from the penalty spot. Could tell he had some confidence.
Darnell Furlong - 6 (subbed on 21')
Replaced Gibbs early on in the first half and again showed his great attacking qualities whipping dangerous balls into the box.
Grady Diangana - 7 (subbed on 45')
A good threat when replacing Kyle Edwards at half time. Cut through the left side of the Rams defence with ease at times. Was denied by Kelle Roos and put a couple of decent balls over, one which was unlucky not to be turned in by Jake Livermore.
Matheus Pereira - 7 (subbed on 71')
Showed his quality by playing some lovely passes and won the penalty to earn a draw. Surely a start for the Brazilian is not too far away.
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