West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone believes that a draw would have been a fair result for the Baggies against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
A Bruno Fernandes penalty at the second attempt sealed the 1-0 win for the Red Devils, with the Portuguese midfielder allowed to retake the kick after Johnstone saved the first attempt while off his line.
The Baggies were denied a penalty of their own by VAR after Fernandes looked to have felled Conor Gallagher, with the technology overturning the on-field decision.
“We played well,” said Johnstone (via West Brom’s official website).
“The lads are gutted and we were under pressure for some of the game, but still created good chances. I made a few saves and to not even get a point is really frustrating but hopefully we can take the work-rate from the Tottenham game, tonight and then hopefully the results start swaying our way.
“You don’t really want to face one penalty, two is frustrating but it’s a new rule so it’s difficult. We rode our look at times but we hit the crossbar, had a couple of good chances and I think a point would’ve been fair.”
The Baggies put in another impressive performance against an established big six Premier League side on Saturday, but once again came away with no points.
Conor Townsend and Karlan Grant had good chances to score, while Callum Robinson was incredibly unfortunate to see his late effort come off the bar. Fans are also right to feel aggrieved by the penalty overturn, with it very much looking like Gallagher was fouled.
However, as Johnstone notes, United did have some good chances and Johnstone was forced to make a few excellent saves. As much as this result hurts, the Baggies need to refocus and look at the more winnable games that they have coming up and work out a way of securing three points. A win against Sheffield United next weekend will go a long way to dulling the pain of this difficult defeat.
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