Former West Brom manager Darren Moore has suggested that Semi Ajayi was at fault for Ollie Watkins’ opener for Brentford in the first half.
Watkins bundled the ball into the back of Sam Johnstone’s goal after an impressive passing move by the Bees.
However the goal was definitely preventable as Romaine Sawyers, Darnell Furlong, Matt Phillips and Ahmed Hegazi could have all done more to stop the home side’s attack dead in its tracks.
Moore, though, believes that Ajayi could have done the most to stop the goal as he failed to clear his lines at the near post as the ball made its way towards the Hegazi-marked Watkins.
“Ajayi will be disappointed for not stopping the pass at the near-post,” Moore said at half time on Sky Sports Main Event. “He would’ve wanted to see that out.
“If you get beaten at the near post, that’s avoidable but let’s take nothing away from Brentford.
“I’ve counted four great forward passes there and the space has opened.”
Moore was a great defender for West Brom and he is definitely someone who we should listen to when it comes to dissecting Albion’s defensive play.
When he was in charge at The Hawthorns, the back-line did leak goals with an emphasis on playing out of the back but that doesn’t mean Moore cannot see a mistake being made.
Brentford’s passing move for Watkins’ goal was good but the goal could have been prevented if the defenders were more on their toes and able to keep up with the home side’s attackers.
Ajayi did mess up at the near post but if one of the other aforementioned players stepped up and did their defensive duties at the standard we know they can hit, then that goal would not have happened.
Play as a team and defend as a team. Unfortunately, half the team failed to defend that goal well at all.
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