Don Goodman was full of praise for Mbaye Diagne and West Brom as they dominated Southampton in the first half at the Hawthorns.
The Baggies ran riot over their visitors in the opening 45 minutes of play. An early Diagne goal was ruled out due to a controversial VAR decision. But Sam Allardyce’s side stuck to their guns and ended the half with a two-goal lead.
Speaking on Sky Sports whilst commentating on the game, Goodman lauded the second goal, and in particular, the assist from Diagne for Matty Phillips fire home.
“Well, they’ve been absolutely outstanding in this first half,” said Goodman.
“Again, they close them (Southampton) down, high up the pitch. Absolutely magnificent from Diagne, what a pick out. Gets his head up, that’s not an easy cross, not an easy pick out.
“Phillips makes no mistake at the far post – that is a brilliant goal. About what West Brom deserve in terms of a lead.”
We picked up right where we left off from our emphatic win at the bridge last week. This was arguably the performance of the entire season, definitely at the Hawthorns.
The players all look confident and up for the challenge. Ainsley Maitland-Niles was everywhere and Okay Yokuslu repeatedly popped up in the attacking third to contribute going forward.
Sam Johnstone also made some good saves, in particular, a diving effort to prevent Stuart Armstrong. He was desperate for his clean sheet and was duly rewarded. To top it off, he expertly saved a James Ward-Prowse penalty in injury time.
The strangest part of all this is the praise from Goodman. He’s usually overly critical of our performances but has been full of praise in either half.
Diagne was menacing to the Saints backline, and despite not scoring, it’s excellent to see him providing so well for Phillips. He should have scored just beforehand but blazed an effort high and wide.
The VAR decision was criminal, but it’s good to see the boys haven’t let it get to them and stuck to the task at hand. Why has it taken until this point in the season to finally show up?
In other West Brom news, here is an update on the disallowed goal during the first half.