West Bromwich Albion 3 - Southampton 0
Another very good performance and thoroughly deserved win.
Allardyce made the big and correct calls to start Robinson and O’Shea in a 4-2-3-1 and I thought he was rewarded with a blistering opening where we played some sensational stuff in the first 20 mins but we’re denied a goal due to another inexplicable VAR interpretation seemingly penalising Bartley for not interfering with play but possibly for another reason. Who knows but it’s a total mess and I think might’ve seen mass walkouts this season had we been able to attend.
After not making the most of our chances and being a bit too open and perhaps fortunate, a great move saw Pereira win a penalty and the slam it home after being felled by the keeper.
Was there even a booking for the foul? Why did Forster not get a red? How could Ajayi get a red against Burnley by comparison? Hypothetically if Pereira had beaten Forster without being fouled and seen a goal line clearance with an arm that would’ve resulted in a red - is this situation any different? I haven’t got a clue anymore.
As against Chelsea we hit a quick fire second with Diagne playing in the rejuvenated Phillips with a delicious pass and him sliding it home.
I thought the period after our second through to Robinson’s fantastically taken 3rd we were quite poor - careless with the ball and Southampton dominated but that 3rd ended the game and but for some sloppy defending to gift them a penalty at the death, brilliantly saved by SJ, we were comfortable.
We looked great again, a joy to watch and it’s such a shame we’ll run out of games because we’re looking and playing like a top 10 side.
It’ll be a real shame to break this team up but it’s inevitable so just enjoy it; the best Albion side since Steve Clarke’s first season and, actually and therefore, one of the best in my 30 years as a fan.
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