Birmingham news Man Utd had all the luck but West Brom must take it out on Sheff Utd MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - West Bromwich Albion are justifiably frustrated by Saturday's night's defeat to Manchester United - but there were plenty of positives to take from Old Trafford and apply against the Blades
Breaking News ! West Brom were left seething by a string of second half officiating decisions that ultimately cost them any form of a result against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday evening. Bruno Fernandes and Conor Gallagher were the two players who stole the headlines, at either end; Fernandes was initially deemed to have tripped Gallagher in the second half, only for referee David Coote to consult the VAR monitor and overturn his decision. A clear foul on Gallagher was then ignored as United bore down on the Albion goal and a penalty was awarded to the hosts after Juan Mata’s cross struck Darnell Furlong’s arm. Fernandes, at the second attempt, dispatched his penalty after the first had been saved by the excellent Sam Johnstone - but he had left his line prematurely and so it was retaken. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Here are the talking points. Back yourself We saw it earlier in the day at Villa Park, when a penalty decision - at the death, with the game in the balance - was reversed after referee Michael Oliver consulted VAR and his colleagues instructed him to look for himself. The technology can only carry you so far - you still need to make the correct call based on the evidence. Yet on both occasions, it felt as though the officials changed their original calls either because they felt they needed to, or because doubt had been cast in their minds by their counterparts who didn’t wish to commit one way or the other. Read More Related Articles Manchester United fans gush over 'phenomenal' West Brom man Read More Related Articles Manchester United hero rages at 'disgraceful' West Bromwich Albion decision That’s only one incident, though. There can be no accounting for the fact that Fred wasn’t penalised for tripping up Gallagher in the build up to the Red Devils’ penalty. Sadly, that was just poor officiating. A rather hoarse Slaven Bilic, who had seen his side go toe to toe with one of the bigger clubs in the division for the second successive match, could only bemoan his side’s misfortune. Slaven Bilic (Image: Getty Images) Carry it over Please, Albion. Please. We need to see more of this against the sides you can be beating - beginning next weekend. When Sheffield United arrive at The Hawthorns - and let’s face it, in the context of the campaign it’s a crucial meeting - there is an enormous opportunity to get three points on the board for the first time this term. It’s all well and good taking the big boys on when there is little pressure on you to pick anything up; how many fans predicted that Spurs and United would dish out batterings prior to each respective match? Nothing of the sort occurred. If anything, at least for stretches of each game, a Covid hit Albion were the better side. What we don’t need to see against the Blades is a display of Fulham proportions, or Huddersfield, or Brentford or any of the other matches in recent months where the pressure HAS been there. They must carry this level of performance into their coming games. Read More Related Articles 'Face like thunder' - How the national media reported West Brom's Manchester United controversy Read More Related Articles 'In trouble' - Slaven Bilic's fury as referee calls cost West Brom at Manchester United The Three Musketeers Conor Sam Conor. Albion’s very own Rocha John Rocha. Take a bow. We’ll start with Conor of the Townsend variety. He’s been understated pretty much since he walked through the door at The Hawthorns. He’s patiently waited for his chance behind Kieran Gibbs in both divisions, and now he’s arrived at the top table he’s grabbing his chance. Townsend looks more assured week on week and is flourishing in the wing-back role.
Namesake Gallagher has been a breath of fresh air in midfield, the epitome of youthful exuberance. Besides his role in the drama here, he was his usual self once more, a bundle of energy who Nemanja Matic and Fred would’ve probably preferred not to face. There’s not much left to be said for Johnstone. Besides the penalty disappointment, he kept Albion in it on multiple occasions on a poignant evening in his career. The clear man of the match and one of three stand-out performances. The place to be It’s frustrating at the moment, of course, and it isn’t much fun when you’re not winning, never mind winning regularly. The quality of officiating doesn’t help matters, or the collective mood of the fanbase. Yet I don’t buy into the idea that the Championship is the place to be, as some supporters would argue. It was an enjoyable campaign last term, sure, but Albion still needed to go up from a financial perspective (and, also, because they damn well deserved to over the course of 46 games). It means that, in the event that Albion do find themselves in the second tier next term, they’ll be armed with another helping of parachute payments and so they’ll be competitive once more.
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The same can’t be said for the likes of Nottingham Forest, Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday, all sizeable clubs in their own right who have been stuck in a Championship cycle and who have fanbases who dream of a top flight return. I’m sure Sheffield United supporters weren’t thinking of the delights of the Championship last term, either, nor Wolves prior to them. It is difficult right now, certainly, and it can feel like the league, and the officials, are against Albion, but this is still the level you want to be playing at. It’s just about garnering a little success along the way.
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