Lee Hendrie described West Brom star Okay Yokuslu as “brilliant” in the club’s 1-0 win over Brighton this afternoon.

In a game full of controversy and missed penalties, the Baggies claimed all three points courtesy of a first-half headed finish from Kyle Bartley.

Brighton had two attempts to equalise from the penalty spot, both of which were missed by Pascal Gross and Danny Welbeck respectively, while the Seagulls may argue they should have been in front earlier after referee Lee Mason’s mistake.

Yokuslu, who put in a dominant midfield display for Albion, was particularly praised by co-commentator Hendrie, who labelled the Turk as “brilliant”. Speaking during the game, Hendrie said: “I feel he’s been brilliant.

“I think he’s set the tone in there this afternoon. He’s dictated, he’s done the ugly side really well, and that’s what Big Sam brought him in to do.

“I think when you get a reaction from players like that it just filters through the team.”

Influential display

Yokuslu has quickly become an influential figure at the Hawthorns and his performance today will have only further endeared him to West Brom fans.

At this point, we really hope Albion can convince him to sign on a permanent basis in the summer whether the club gets relegated or not, however unlikely that might be.

Three points are such a boost as we head into the final stretch of the Premier League season, with survival still so far away but also not as far as it once seemed.

Albion rode their luck against Brighton and some decisions thankfully went our way, but ultimately the players deserve credit for working hard until the last, and Yokuslu was one of the best in a West Brom shirt today.

In other West Brom news, Sam Allardyce doesn’t believe that Mbaye Diagne or Okay Yokuslu will remain West Brom players if the club gets relegated

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