By Beck Pascal

3rd Jan, 2022 | 12:00pm

Three things learned from West Brom v Cardiff City

West Brom were held to a 1-1 draw against Cardiff City yesterday (January 2) with refereeing decisions from Thomas Bramall facing scrutiny.  

The game was full of controversy with three red cards, penalty decisions and potentially offside goals which sparked chaotic scenes at the end of the match.

It was another disappointing footballing performance for Valerien Ismael and his team as they dropped more points at the Hawthorns in their promotion push. 

Here are three things learned from the game…

1.    The Championship needs VAR 

Albion were denied a stonewall penalty that, if scored, would have won them the game in the dying seconds of yesterday’s clash. 

If the referee had the video assistance available in the Premier league this would see shocking decisions like this eradicated. 

Some may argue the decision was a form of justice with Callum Robinson’s goal arguably offside. But generally, VAR would be a huge help to referees and massively improve the standard of the Championship. 

2.    West Brom still can’t score

Well, they did manage to have the ball in the back of the net yesterday, but it should have been more. 

The Baggies enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and managed 13 shots. However, they lacked quality with only three of those shots finding the target. 

It’s a season-long issue that Ismael has failed to address as of yet with Albion scoring the least goals in the top six. 

3.    It’s breaking point at the Hawthorns 

Frustration got the better of the West Brom players and their boss, Ismael, at the end of the game. 

They had two players sent off throughout the match with Alex Mowatt being sent off following an angry tackle in the 76thminute.

Sam Johnstone also saw red at the end of the game during the mass brawl which saw Cardiff’s Aden Flint also sent off. 

The Baggies were lucky not to face any more disciplinary action as Jake Livermore stopped an incensed Ismael who was charging right at referee, Thomas Bramall, at the end of the game. 

Valerien looked the angriest of the lot and was fortunate for his own sake that his players intervened.

In other Albion news, Daryl Dike receives warm welcome from USA teammate Zack Steffen.