West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Brentford Player Ratings: Phillips impresses

 

Late disappointment for West Brom – bbc.co.uk

Lewis MacLeod’s injury-time equalizer rescued a point for Brentford at West Bromwich Albion, after Harvey Barnes had opened the scoring late on in a 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns. Here’s our Player Ratings from the game.

West Bromwich Albion

Sam Johnstone – the former Aston Villa loanee is a strong shot-stopper and he made one key stop from Marcondes in the second period, even his distribution leaves something to be desired. Could not have done too much about the equalizer. 6

Tosin Adarbioyo – the Manchester City loanee appears to be relaxed in possession, which does make him their best defender when it comes to quality of distribution and that helped them here, especially when Judge was caught out of position. He was, though guilty of leaving MacLeod free for the equalizer. 6
Craig Dawson – the experienced defender has had to work hard to win back the support of Baggies fans, some of whom were not especially pleased with his handling of summer speculation of a move to Burnley, but he enjoyed a solid display here. 7
Ahmed Hegazi – the Egyptian’s poor distribution and lack of pace have been two problems for Albion, especially in games in which they are asked to dictate proceedings. Hegazi is decent in the air, but arguably does not defend his box well enough to account for his shortcomings in other areas. 6
Kieran Gibbs – the former Arsenal man has been vital to West Brom’s attacking play in recent weeks with positive, overlapping runs down the left; he put in one or two excellent deliveries for Robson-Kanu here. Guilty perhaps of letting Dalsgaard, Marcondes and Watkins get in behind him on occasions but a productive display overall. 7

Matt Phillips – the winger’s driving runs down the right flank had been a key feature of West Brom’s impressive early season form, but more recently he has shown he can influence things in central areas. Phillips was the most creative player on the pitch in the first half, hitting the woodwork from range in stoppage time. Quieter in the second period, but still produced the cross that led to the opener. 8
Jake Livermore – the former Hull midfielder has displayed a willingness to put tackles in and carry out the simple tasks, which helped him get a lid on the midfield in the opening period. However, his range of qualities can be limited and as his stamina waned in the second period, so did Albion’s control. 6
James Morrison – the 32-year-old brings experience and technical qualities to this Albion midfield, with some impressive first time key passes in the first half. Did not quite have that same influence in the second period as he tired slightly and was perhaps guilty of not properly closing down the cross that led to the equalizer. 6

Hal Robson-Kanu – the forward was typically hardworking here but, when crosses came in, he was not always able to make the desired contact. Wasn’t helped by an injury he picked up shortly before half-time; taken off at the interval. 5
Jay Rodriguez – the Burnley-born striker has Premier League pedigree but that did not quite show here, when he was unable to convert presentable first half openings from close-range. Struggled to get into the contest as much after the break. 5
Harvey Barnes – the Leicester loanee started on the left of a front-three, occasionally dropping deeper to form a four-man midfield. He has shown on numerous occasions this term that he is capable of flashes of elite quality and here, he caused plenty of problems for Dalsgaard and swung in some excellent crosses, before taking his goal superbly in the second half. Darren Moore will be hoping that his spell at the club will not be cut short next month. 8

Dwight Gayle (on 45) – the predatory poacher is back from injury, but has found it difficult to recover his place in the first eleven due to the form of Rodriguez and Robson-Kanu; here, he was shepherded onto the left of a front-three, a position that didn’t quite suit his goalscoring instinct. 5

Brentford

Daniel Bentley – the charismatic goalkeeper enjoyed an excellent first two seasons at Championship level and made one or two good saves in the first half; he could have done little about Barnes’ strike, too. 6

Henrik Dalsgaard – the right-back loves to support attacks by making marauding forward runs. He struggled to do this in the first half, having serious problems merely with the defensive aspects of his job in containing Barnes. In the second half, however, we saw more of his natural game and that was to Brentford’s benefit. 6
Ezri Konsa – purely when it comes to distribution, the 21-year-old is one of the best centre-backs in the Championship. He does, however, find it difficult to handle basic balls into the box and although he was pushed in the build-up to the opener, it is possible that a more battle-hardened centre-back might have held their ground. 5
Chris Mepham – the Wales international offers some ball-playing qualities but, recently, he has been found wanting in terms of the defensive basics and that trend continued here, when he failed to clear in the build-up to the opener. Both Mepham and Konsa were fortunate that the hosts were profligate from close-range in the first half. 5
Rico Henry – the versatile left-sider, signed by his former Walsall boss Dean Smith, is just getting back to fitness and it was clear, here, that he did not quite have the energy and sharpness to control the flank as one would expect the modern full-back to attempt to do. Picked up an unfortunate injury after the hour mark. 4

Josh McEachran – a delicate technican, McEachran is capable of running some games from deep when not closed down quickly and there was a 10-minute first half period when he got to a lot of second balls to dictate. At other times though, the intensity of the contest he was forced back into his 18-yard box and he did not look especially comfortable there. 5
Romaine Sawyers – often a shoe-in for the number 10 role under Dean Smith, Sawyers has occupied deeper areas since Thomas Frank took over. In theory, this would allow him to pull strings on the half-way line but the way the match transpired meant he was asked to defend the penalty area for long periods, which is not his game. Imposed himself more in the second half, however. 6

Emiliano Marcondes – it was hoped that Frank might get the best out of his fellow Dane, who could offer some extra aggression in forward areas. While Marcondes pressed in flashes, he needs to do so more consistently; in fairness, he did force the best save of Johnstone’s afternoon and put in a peach of a cross for the equalizer. 7
Alan Judge – the stalwart is unquestionably a Bees legend due to his form of previous years and remains a competent technician, but severely lacks mobility, which can hinder the team out of possession and limits options for his teammates. This is an area Frank should look to upgrade with somebody who can join the press. 4

Ollie Watkins – coming into this game, there were question marks about the fitness of the wide forward, but he looked bright enough with his runs down the right channel and showed a willingness to press, even if this sometimes came at the cost of protection for Dalsgaard. He was quiet in terms of his involvement in attacking moves, though. 5
Neal Maupay – the French forward’s finishing has been important for Brentford so far this season, but the circumstances of this contest meant he was not given the volume of chances he is perhaps used to and thus he cut a frustrated figure, sometimes dropping into the centre-circle to collect the ball. Whether Maupay has the mobility suited to a system that demands relentless closing down from the front, remains to be seen. 4

Moses Odubajo (on 64) – the versatile full-back, who is steadily recovering from a long-term injury, can offer pace and power at his best and set up the best chance of the game within three minutes of coming on. 8
Said Benrahma (on 78) – the Algerian’s absence through injury has been keenly felt by the Bees, but he showed his teammates what they have been missing in this substitute appearances; energy, quick feet and craft from wide areas. 8
Lewis MacLeod (on 83) – the Scot has been moved into a more advanced role under Frank due to his energy and perhaps ability to press; in some ways, an end-to-end contest brought the best out of MacLeod, who showed both intelligence and bravery to head home the equalizer. 8