A terrible result for the Baggies as they dropped two points against Blackburn at Ewood Park, in a game that they really should have won by some margin, but wasted too many chances.
Early on in the match, Charlie Austin had two golden opportunities to open the scoring for West Brom but his first effort flew over the bar and the latter one-on-one chance, he toe-poked straight at the keeper.
West Brom remained on top, though, piling the pressure onto Blackburn’s defence for much of the first-half before Krovinovic knocked in Albion’s goal just before half-time.
Even for the first quarter of the second-half, Albion showed positive signs and Blackburn looked as if they had actually given up, but their aggression and determination would grow as the game went on.
Then came a devastating counter-attack from Rovers, catching the Baggies backline off-guard as the ball was knocked back for Joe Rothwell who blasted it into the back of the net for the equaliser.
Blackburn had a couple of major chances to get in front but squandered one and Johnstone did very well to stop the other, saving from a one-on-one with Jacob Davenport.
The game dwindled to nothing before the final whistle blew, and Blackburn Rovers — a side most had taken for granted going into this fixture — prevented the Baggies from securing a fourth consecutive victory.
Brentford now sit just two points behind West Brom and Leeds could push further ahead with a positive result against Swansea tomorrow.
Here’s how we rated the players.
Sam Johnstone – 7
Made a superb save to keep out Davenport and keep the scores level in the second-half.
Dara O’Shea – 7
Had a tough game at right-back but did very well for much of the game, and was arguably the best of the back-four today.
Kyle Bartley – 6
Made several avoidable errors and struggled to keep the Blackburn strikers from slipping past him. Could have also done much better in preventing Blackburn’s equaliser by putting in a proper tackle in the buildup.
Semi Ajayi – 6
Similar situation to Bartley: errors made and simple passes were hit askew. A game to forget for the two centre-backs.
Conor Townsend – 6.5
Linked up well with Grosicki in the first-half, slipping through lovely balls for the attackers to latch onto and occasionally floated in a cross from the byline, but was unable to register an assist unfortunately.
Jake Livermore – 6
Worked well alongside Sawyers in the centre of the park, but as the game wore on, both began to falter and make mistakes. Livermore had a great chance to score before half-time but hit it straight at the keeper.
Romaine Sawyers – 7
Played the full game but an argument could have been made to take him off, given how easy it became for Blackburn’s midfielders to dispossess him later on in the match. Having said that, he began the game very well and made some wonderful passes to spark promising counter-attacks,
Matheus Pereira – 8
Once again, Pereira was the standout performer for Albion today and should’ve registered yet another assist or two, but both Livermore and Austin squandered the chances. A joy to behold, as per usual.
Filip Krovinovic – 6
Scored the goal and worked his socks off, running all over the pitch; but unfortunately, he let himself down a bit with his decision-making at times, leaving his surrounding teammates shouting and throwing their arms around in frustration.
Kamil Grosicki – 6
Similar situation to Krovinovic: wasted opportunities to set up teammates and was yelled at for it several times. He started off brightly on the left but soon faded.
Charlie Austin – 6
Wasted far too many golden chances in front of goal. The rest of his play — chasing down the defenders and pressuring the goalkeeper — was carried out very well, but that finishing touch was missing today.
Grady Diangana – 5
Blazed a few shots over the bar and looked weak going forward — not his game.
Hal Robson-Kanu – 4
Robson-Kanu’s performances of late have been dire — a far cry from the star striker we saw in the first-half of the campaign. He replaced Austin but contributed nothing in the end.
Rekeem Harper – 4
A very disappointing performance from the up-and-comer; his crossing needs some work, as does his shooting.
Callum Robinson – N/A