Tony Brown has claimed that Grady Diangana “telegraphed” his penalty kick as West Brom were dumped out of the Carabao Cup by Brentford on Tuesday night.
Hal Robson-Kanu’s two spot-kicks in normal time were pegged back by Emiliano Marcondes and Marcus Forss’ own penalty kick before Slaven Bilic’s side suffered late disappointment at The Hawthorns by the virtue of a shoot-out.
Charlie Austin, Conor Gallagher, Kyle Edwards and Conor Townsend all scored their penalties before David Raya saved Grady Diangana’s effort and Christian Norgaard netted the winner for Brentford.
West Brom legend Brown believes it was harsh that Bilic’s men were beaten by penalties after such a good game but has pointed to Diangana’s weak effort as the reason why Albion lost.
“It’s a sad way to go out on penalties because I thought Albion had done well,” Brown said on BBC Radio WM on Tuesday night.
“It’s been a good game all around. Both sides have had a go and it’s come down to penalties.
“It was just one poor from Diangana. He telegraphed it. You usually get that situation in a penalty shoot-out, one telegraphs it, the ‘keeper saves it and they go on and win it.
“That’s what happened and watching Diangana walking off, his head’s down. He’ll be disappointed because he’s cost them the game.
“But that’s the way it is, someone’s got to miss one.”
Diangana’s penalty was a poor one but on another day, Brentford would’ve missed one or two of their own and West Brom would’ve progressed to the next round.
Penalty shoot-outs are lotteries but Albion really don’t have a good record in them in recent years.
Slaven Bilic’s side is going to be in a relegation battle this season based on how they’ve started life back in the Premier League and their less-than-impressive displays against Harrogate and Brentford.
Why didn’t Bilic use the cup games to get his main starting line-up firing on all cylinders?
Why didn’t he try to get his team to progress in the Carabao Cup while also reminding them of that winning feeling?
Since last season resumed in July, West Brom have won just four of 14 matches and none of those wins are against top opposition.
This side is very out of sorts at the moment and they needed the boost that the cup would’ve offered them.
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