Matt Phillips dreadful as Grant shines: West Brom player ratings v QPR
West Brom continued their unbeaten run of form in the Championship on Friday night with a 2-1 win over QPR at the Hawthorns.
The Baggies had the majority of the ball but failed to create too many clear cut opportunities and were punished very early on.
A ball was played over the top for Gray, Sam Johnstone came out and got caught in no man’s land, and the former Watford striker placed the ball into the net.
However, a shocking own goal from Seny Dieng handed the Baggies the initiative and a lovely second goal from Karlan Grant handed the Baggies a huge win.
Here are West Brom News’ ratings from the 1-1 draw.
Sam Johnstone – 4
Had very little to do, but his indecision nearly cost his side dearly. Should have stayed on his line and narrowed the angle down for Gray. He made one decent save in the second half.
Semi Ajayi – 6
Confident on the ball and was arguably the best of the back three, but that isn’t saying much. One clever pass for Grady Diangana in the first half.
Kyle Bartley – 5
Awful defending for the goal. He tried to play offside and got caught horribly. Little to do apart from that but didn’t look comfortable.
Conor Townsend – 5
Clearly much better at left-wing-back and limited playing as a centre-back. Caught on the ball in defence and was unable to get forward to provide crosses. Hopefully, he will be back at left-wing-back next week.
Darnell Furlong – 7
A solid shift from the right-wing-back. Always an outlet for his side and provided a few good crosses. Dieng denied him near the end.
Jake Livermore – 6
All just a bit meh from the West Brom captain. He was neat and tidy, but where is the invention or the driving run from midfield? He managed to have a couple of shots. Surely Jayson Molumby will get his chance soon?
Alex Mowatt – 6
He showed the odd flash of pure quality, but set-piece delivery was poor. He was always looking to play forward.
Adam Reach – 5
Had a huge chance in the first half and was a willing runner, but too many poor crosses aimed at no one.
Matt Phillips – 3
Was he playing? The winger kept his place in the side but offered very little before he was hooked before the hour mark.
Grady Diangana – 7
He was only given 55 minutes, but he was the Baggies’ best player while he was on the field. Full of tricks and clever movements. Had one shot that went inches wide and created a few chances.
Karlan Grant – 8 (Man of the Match)
In the first half, he was almost non-existent and had a couple of weak efforts. However, he changed in the second half and had the shot that led to Dieng’s error, and then beautifully finished off a fine move to win the game.
Callum Robinson (54 minutes) – 7
Had one shot that went inches wide and provided a beautiful assist for Grant. Great decision to bring him on.
Jordan Hugill (55 minutes) – 7
Put himself about and provided the moment of class that allowed Robinson to find Grant. Solid performance and wasted time for his side at the end.
Kean Bryan (90 minutes) – N/A
In other West Brom news, one player impressed Andy Hinchcliffe.