West Bromwich Albion suffered a 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United and, as seen by the fan reaction below, Branislav Ivanovic was widely criticised for his performance.

The 36-year-old started alongside Kyle O’Shea and Semi Ajayi at centre-back but struggled to contain Callum Wilson, Joelinton and Dwight Gayle.

For Newcastle’s first goal, Ivanovic lost his balance when trying to clear a long ball aimed for Wilson, inadvertently laying on a pass for the Newcastle striker, who played his part in Miguel Almiron scoring after only 19 seconds.

Later in the first half, Ivanovic was outpaced to a through ball by Joelinton from a quick free kick and dived in when the Newcastle striker faked a shot which resulted in him being on the floor while he had a chance at goal.

West Brom found an equaliser in the second half but conceded again when Ivanovic was beaten to a cross by Dwight Gayle, who headed to the net to seal all three points for Newcastle. The irony of the ex-Baggies marksman haunting his former club was certainly strong, but Slaven Bilic won’t be laughing.

Ivanovic was at fault for both goals and these West Brom supporters weren’t too kind on social media.


The Serbian international has made eight appearances in all competitions since joining Albion over the summer, but he has conceded 13 goals and has only been on the winning side once [Transfermarkt].

Ivanovic won three Premier League titles, three FA Cups, one League Cup and one Champions League at Chelsea between 2008 and 2017, but based on his recent displays, he looks finished at the top level now.

In other news, West Brom are in the hunt for a highly-coveted Football League talent.