View: Chaos erupts as West Brom denied clear penalty in 1-1 draw
Chaos ascended at full time as West Brom were controversially denied a penalty in the dying seconds of their 1-1 draw with Cardiff City.
The full-time whistle was met with both sides erupting into a melee in the centre circle which resulted in Sam Johnstone and Aden Flint being sent off, the third red card of the game with Alex Mowatt already seeing red in the 90.
Further disciplinary action was avoided as Jake Livermore smartly held back a furious Valerien Ismael who was clearly upset with the decision from the referee.
It was salt rubbed into the wounds of Albion who shouldn’t be relying on last gasp penalties to secure three points at home.
It could have been an intentionally equalising wrong call by the referee after Livermore looked offside for the Albion’s equaliser.
Things are going to have to change if West Brom want to finish the season with any form of success. The performances have been too flat for too long under Ismael and it is difficult to find the problem whilst it being completely blatant. Could it be the boss?
The Baggies lack goals but not through effort. Their 31 in 25 league games is the lowest in the top six and doesn’t look like changing after that performance. Of course, the introduction of Daryl Dike will help massively but the Albion can’t pin all of their hopes on one player.
Things at the back aren’t amazing with the defence leaking too many easy goals in tight games which can only be put down to a lack of concentration after dominating the game for large periods.
Automatic promotion now looks a stretch too far for West Brom who could find themselves struggling for promotion period if their form doesn’t take a U-turn.
Question marks surrounding Ismael are becoming increasingly louder amongst fans. The Frenchman is likely to have the rest of the season as well as this huge January transfer window to turn things around at the Hawthorns.
In other Baggies news, Daryl Dike’s signing to spark Jordan Hugill loan cancellation at West Brom.