Tony Brown wowed by Sam Johnstone display in West Brom v Stoke City
Tony Brown was thrilled with Sam Johnstone’s performance in goal despite West Brom losing 1-0 away at Stoke City on Friday night.
Johnstone may have conceded a second-half penalty but he managed to save Sam Surridge’s spot-kick, as well as making other stops throughout the 90 minutes to delay Stoke’s eventual lead.
The ex-Manchester United goalkeeper did all he could before being beaten by a Nick Powell lob and Bomber Brown was happy with what he saw from the England international.
“Great save from Sam Johnstone! He’s saved the day there. His reflexes are unbelievable,” said Brown on BBC Radio WM, as quoted by BBC Sport’s website.
He added: “What a night Sam Johnstone he has had. He’s saved everything.”
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Johnstone was unfortunate to be on the losing side as the goalkeeper managed to impress during the game.
Stoke had beaten the Albion goalkeeper on numerous occasions – even Darnell Furlong scored an own goal against him before it was disallowed for a foul beforehand.
But when it mattered most at a spot-kick, Johnstone stood tall and managed to go the right way to stop Surridge scoring.
Unfortunately, the game didn’t stay level for much longer after that when Conor Townsend gifted away possession before Powell dinked the ball cleverly over Johnstone.
He had no chance of saving that, it was a good goal and very much a deserved one for Stoke.
West Brom need to perform better than that. It was fine to do it against Millwall, Derby and Preston because those sides weren’t good enough to punish us when he were underperforming.
But Stoke do have players capable of making the most out of a slack display. And that did exactly that.
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