West Brom moved off the underside of the Championship desk as they laboured to a 1-0 win over Blackpool on the Hawthorns on Tuesday evening.
Carlos Corberan’s facet had been a lot the higher crew however it took till the eighty fifth minute to search out the one aim of the sport, as Okay Yokuslu fired house after the Tangerines didn’t clear a nook.
The victory, which was simply the Baggies’ third of the season, sees them transfer forward of Huddersfield within the second tier, though the Terriers host Sunderland tonight so might ship them again to the underside.
Whereas Yokuslu was the aim hero on Tuesday evening, it was arguably Conor Townsend who was the actual hero in Corberan’s facet.
As per SofaScore, the previous Scunthorpe United man would earn a formidable 7.5/10 score for his efficiency, with solely Yokuslu rated greater from each side.
Through the 90 minutes, no participant would contribute extra tackles than the six accomplished by the left-back, whereas he additionally managed two clearances and one interception.
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That is much more spectacular when you think about that he has averaged simply 1.2 tackles and 1.8 clearances per recreation within the Championship this time period, which emphasises how a lot he raised his recreation in opposition to Michael Appleton’s facet in such an vital victory on Tuesday.
Towsend wasn’t dribbled previous as soon as throughout the recreation and helped to shackle the in-form Jerry Yates, who at the moment leads the way for objectives within the second tier, however he would win simply two of his 9 duels and didn’t muster a shot on track, which means that West Brom’s left-back nicely and actually had the higher of him.
Jobi McAnuff was filled with reward for the 29-year-old final season after some spectacular type, and he seems to be set to be an important participant in Corberan’s squad once more this season as they appear to distance themselves from a relegation battle.
McAnuff said: “He’s been large. Each time we watch a West Brom recreation he’s a participant that actually stands out.
“He offers them incredible width on that left-hand facet, nice supply into the field, power, every part that we affiliate with an Ismael crew. I feel he actually matches the mould in that place. By way of consistency, he’s had a very, actually good season.
“In his place within the league, he’s one of many higher gamers actually.”
A few of these qualities are what we witnessed on Tuesday night, with the full-back actually producing a ‘large’ efficiency for the brand new Albion boss in simply his second recreation in cost.
Townsend additionally popped up with one key go throughout the recreation however in reality, it was his strong defensive show which ought to earn him the plaudits.
It was important that the Baggies saved Blackpool out given their woeful current type, and the Englishman was essential in them retaining a clear sheet and incomes the three factors.