'Fantastic' - Matt Murray raves about West Brom player in 1-1 draw v Barnsley
Former Wolves goalkeeper Matt Murray was impressed by the goal that Filip Krovinovic scored as West Brom drew 1-1 against Barnsley at Oakwell on Boxing Day.
Krovinovic, 24, became Albion’s 15th different goalscorer of the season as he opened his account for the Black Country club with a sublime effort from outside the penalty area.
Barnsley goalkeeper Sami Radlinger’s attempted clearance only went as far as Krovinovic, who proceeded to make the net ripple from distance as Radlinger rushed back into position.
“It’s an absolute gift from the goalkeeper,” said Murray on Sky Sports News on Thursday [03:08pm].
“It’s a backpass to him, he swings his left foot at it. It’s an awful clearance but Krovinovic has still got a lot of work to do.
“He takes one touch and then lobs it over the goalkeeper.
It is about time that Krovinovic got himself on the scoresheet for West Brom and that will no doubt do a world of good for his confidence.
Although it was a goal that came about from a mistake by the goalkeeper, it was still a great piece of work by the Croatian playmaker to find the back of the net from distance.
Slaven Bilic made a few changes to his starting line-up for the trip to Barnsley, seemingly with one eye on upcoming fixtures against Middlesbrough and title rivals Leeds United.
Krovinovic may have given the Baggies manager some food for thought ahead of those games with his brilliant first goal for the club on Boxing Day.
In other West Brom news, Albion are in pursuit of a right-back from Ligue 1.