Don Goodman slammed Conor Townsend for conceding a late penalty as West Brom beat Southampton at The Hawthorns on Monday night.

Moussa Djenepo was brought down inside the Albion penalty area in stoppage time and handed Southampton the chance to earn themselves a late consolation.

Luckily for Townsend, Sam Johnstone saved James Ward-Prowse’s penalty kick to ensure the Baggies kept a clean sheet in a 3-0 win.

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Ex-West Brom forward Goodman was less than impressed by Townsend and claims there could have been an earlier penalty for the Saints.

Speaking on Sky Sports Main Event on Monday night, Goodmsn said: “There could have been a challenge earlier that may have been a penalty as [Stuart] Armstrong nips in, there’s a little bit of contact from [Semi] Ajayi but that wasn’t given.

“Moussa Djenepo… It’s clumsy, isn’t it? Really clumsy defending from Conor Townsend. It’s a little lunge at the ball and doesn’t get anywhere near it as Djenepo gets his body across.”

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Let off for Townsend

Since winning promotion to the Premier League, not many players have performed above and beyond expectations like Townsend.

The former Scunthorpe ace started last season as Slaven Bilic’s third-choice left-back being Kieran Gibbs and Nathan Ferguson but he’s now a starting left-back in the Premier League – and playing really well.

He’s had some barnstorming performances for the Albion and he played great on Monday night versus Southampton if you don’t include the penalty he conceded.

But one player who has gone above and beyond this season is goalkeeper Johnstone, who produced a fine save to deny Ward-Prowse’s penalty and spare Townsend’s blushes.

West Brom’s defensive work has been so good since around February when Sam Allardyce’s winter signings got settled and his system was fully formed.

If only they had sacked Bilic sooner and hired Big Sam, eh?

In other West Brom news, this 45-year-old is favourite to be the next Baggies manager.

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  1. If only Slaven had been backed, eh ?

    Six to eight weeks to intregate two players is incredibly poor management given the circumstances.

    I say two because two were already playing in England so they should have been up and running.

    It took Allardyce far to long to find the right shape and even now it’s not his system it’s one that he fell into at Chelsea.
    It also took a idiculous amount of time to sort the defence.

    These two wins have been brilliant but it was the draw against Fulham and the loss at Sheffield together with a disgraceful, pathetic backward thinking, boring draw against Newcastle that have sunk us. All very winable games with the players we had at the time and all all thrown away by the tactics dictated by Allardyce.

    Newcastle will get as absolute minimum of 5 points from their remaining games leaving us needing a minimum of 15 points.
    Unfortunately the Geordies could quite easily get 7 points maybe even nine. It’s over. We had a chance but Allardyce failed so he has to go.


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