May 16, 2021

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Black Country’s rivals play a draw

The sad Hawthorne hosted the Black Country derby on Monday night while the Wolves struggled 1-1 at West Brom.

The guests started brighter on both sides with defenders Nelson Semedo and Ryan Ait-Nuri creating problems. The former was the one who became the scorer for the opening goal at half-time when he came across a clever film by Vitinya and pulled it back to Fabio Silva, whose deflected effort curved over Sam Johnstone.

Fabio Silva, Sam Johnstone
Silva’s efforts found their way into | Pool / Getty images

Allardyce himself moved fours back in response to the Wolves’ early dominance, and although the result was not immediate, it was finally felt. They started the second half better and equalized when Mbaye Diagne powered Conor Townsend’s cross beyond Rui Patricio.

After West Brom were sent off, it was a battle between two teams with little to play and it became apparent as the game continued in appalling conditions. Neither side can find a winner and the Baggies are left with ten safety points – which means they could fall over the weekend.

But enough for now – let’s get into some player ratings!

Romain Says, Sam Johnstone
Johnstone himself keeps the efforts of Roman Science Pool / Getty images

Sam Johnstone (GK) – 7/10 – Denies Nelson Semedo with a great stop in the first half. The strong performance helped West Brom to the point.

Semi Ajayi (CB) – 5/10 – A few shaky moments almost cost West Brom the opening in the first half.

Dara O’Shea (CB) – 5/10 – Removed half an hour to change four back. It’s not terrible so far, but it’s definitely not great.

Kyle Bartley (CB) – 6/10 – He regained his composure after switching back four, but he could do better to protect the opener.

Darnell Furlong, Ruben Neves
Darnell Furlong Cross Angles Pool / Getty images

Darnell Furlong (RWB) – 5/10 – Put a few decent crosses, but not much to mark.

Conor Gallagher (CM) – 6/10 – The most promising of West Brom’s midfielders, but that doesn’t say much. He missed a sitter at the beginning of the second half, but still caused several problems with his serve.

Good Yokuslu (CM) – 7/10 – He effectively split the game and was a big part of the backlash in the second half of his team.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles (CM) – 5/10 – Uncommitted in the first half, but better after the break. Provided some natural width of an otherwise narrow midfield three.

Connor Townsend (LWB) – 7/10 – A wonderful ball for leveling. It’s not what you’d call an impressive performance, but you’ve stuck to your job and you’re barely on your feet.

Matthew Pereira walks past Roman Sice GEOFF CADDICK / Getty images

Matheus Pereira (CF) – 5/10 – A few key passes, but one of his quieter games overall.

Mbaye Diagne (CF) – 7/10 – Refused to open by a superb block by Roman Saiss, but got the goal, West Brom’s flying start to the second half deservedly.

Matt Phillips (O’Shea, 71) – 5/10

Callum Robinson (Maitland-Niles, 78) – 5/10

Patricio denies Diagne from a solid angle GEOFF CADDICK / Getty images

Rui Patricio (GK) – 6/10 – A quiet evening for the most part, but he stopped wonderfully to refuse Gallagher after the interval.

Nelson Semedo (RB) – 7/10 – He came close to opening the scoring after piercing the ball from Ajay in the first half. Placed on Silva’s opener with a deft touch inside, it provided a consistent attacking threat.

Conor Cody (CB) – 5/10 – He never looks his best in the back four, but he commands the back line of the Wolves, as usual.

Roman Saiss (CB) – 6/10 – Great last block to prevent Diane from on the edge of the half, but fell under the cross of Townsend to equalize the Baggies.

Ryan Ait Nuri (LB) – 7/10 – Only Ajay’s right shoe stopped him from scoring one of the goals of the season after a grim run in the first half. Really lively up and down the left flank.

Ruben Neves
Ruben Neves drives the Wolves forward Sean Boteril / Getty images

Ruben Neves (CM) – 6/10 – He took a sick in the first half, but continued and provided a functional performance in the middle.

Leander Dendoncker (CM) – 6/10 – It seeks to greatly influence the game at both ends, a rather anonymous performance in the engine room.

Vitina (AM) – 7/10 – Only his third start for Wolves and he gave a decent account of himself. Nice movement of the back heel, which led to the opener.

Fabio Silva, Ryan Ait-Nuri
Fabio Silva Celebrates His Opener Pool / Getty images

Owen Otasovi (RW) – 6/10 – He slipped up and down to the right and made a decent substitution just for his second start for the Wolves.

Fabio Silva (CF) – 7/10 – I knew absolutely nothing about the opener, but he would take it. He didn’t see much of the ball, but he usually made him count when he saw it.

Adam Traore (LW) – 5/10 – He went behind the back line of West Brom more than a few times, but the old questions about his final product are starting to arise again.

Vitinha was replaced JASON CAIRNDUFF / Getty Images

Daniel Podens (Otasowie, 71) – 5/10

Morgan Gibbs-White (Vitinya, 81) – 5/10

Max Kilman (Ait-Nouri, 83) – 4/10