West Brom fans have ripped into Matt Phillips for his first-half performance against Brentford at Griffin Park on Friday night.

Phillips, 29, failed to impress Albion fans last week when they drew 0-0 against Birmingham and many were surprised to see him stay in the starting line-up with Filip Krovinovic left on the bench by Slaven Bilic.

The Scotland international did little to justify Bilic’s decision to start him with quite a miserable first-half display.

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Brentford opened the scoring through Ollie Watkins after Phillips squandered possession and then failed to have any impact as he tracked back to try and defend.

It wasn’t solely his fault that Watkins scored because Romaine Sawyers, Darnell Furlong and Ahmed Hegazi could have all done more to stop the goal.

However Phillips has been a bit of a scapegoat recently – understandably – and that has led to many fans tearing him to shreds for his performance in the opening 45 minutes at Griffin Park.

Here is a selection of their tweets:

Bilic cannot keep sticking with Phillips in his starting line-up because the former QPR winger simply hasn’t delivered for the Baggies in a long time.

Krovinovic is on the bench and was in stunning form before the season was halted so why isn’t he starting and why has Bilic gone back to a 4-2-3-1 formation he scrapped because of bad results?

In other West Brom news, Bilic is eyeing up a move for this West Ham defender.

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