By Max Parsons

3rd Nov, 2021 | 10:15pm

West Brom player ratings vs Hull City

West Brom strengthened their grip in the Championship play-off places on Wednesday night, beating Hull City 1-0 at The Hawthorns.

The Baggies dominated the goal-scoring opportunities throughout, hitting the post through Matt Phillips early on. The hosts would eventually break the deadlock in the 69th minute as Callum Robinson teed up Karlan Grant for a tap in.

Here, West Brom News has rated the Baggies out of 10 for their performances against the Tigers.

Sam Johnstone – 6

In truth, Johnstone had little to occupy himself with. Hull City managed five shots on goal, with just one bothering the target.

Cedric Kipre – 7

The Frenchman proved difficult to beat for Hull’s attacking players, standing firm to dangerous runners and putting his colossal frame in the way.

Matt Clarke – 8

Clarke saw a lot of the ball and remained tidy in possession, showing great composure to distribute from the back. The defender was also an imposing presence at the heart of his back line, proving aerially dominant and constantly alert. He was imperious for the Baggies.

Kean Bryan – 6

Bryan put in a decent defensive shift, showing resilience to Hull’s threat from wide. He was, however, forced to come off before half time due to injury.

Taylor Gardner-Hickman – 7

The versatile youngster made his Championship debut against Hull, making his attacking prowess clear to see. He put in a couple of wicked deliveries for his colleagues and certainly looks an exciting prospect.

Jake Livermore – 6

The more robust presence in West Brom’s midfield, Livermore put himself about a fair but and helped disrupt Hull’s attacking moves well.

Robert Snodgrass – 6

As you’d expect, Snodgrass passed the ball around with great assurance and linked things together nicely in midfield, maintaining a pass completion rate of 85%.

Conor Townsend – 7

The left wing-back was one of his side’s busiest players, tracking up and down his flank. He was a threat in forward areas, putting in a multitude of tasty crosses, and was solid at the back, making three ball recoveries.

Matt Phillips – 6

Phillips was the busiest of West Brom’s attacking trident in the first period, striking the post early on. He wasn’t able to make himself a menace after the interval, however, and was replaced on the hour mark.

Callum Robinson -7

Robinson linked play well, setting up Phillip’s aforementioned chance that nearly broke the deadlock. His playmaking role paid dividends in the second half as he set up the opener unselfishly.

Karlan Grant -7

Grant saw more of the ball than any of his attacking colleagues, although struggled to get into proceedings. He found his feet in the second half, however, and notched the opener with a simple tap in.

Substitutes:

Adam Reach (On for Bryan ’40) – 6

The first-half substitute was always keen to venture forward and add his offensive abilities into the mix further upfield. He put in some delicious balls into the area, although none came to fruition.

Jordan Hugill (On for Phillips ’63) – 6

The Norwich City loanee was always a willing runner with the ball, helping to relieve pressure in tense moments by holding up play.

Grady Diangana (On for Robinson ’88) – N/A

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