Could West Bromwich Albion be on the verge of one of the greatest escapes in Premier League history?
The Baggies may still be eight points from safety, but two wins in a row – with eight goals scored – have boosted morale massively at The Hawthorns.
Monday night saw West Brom record a resounding 3-0 victory over Southampton, courtesy of Matheus Pereira, Matt Phillips and Callum Robinson.
The Baggies had to overcome an early setback after a controversial VAR decision which saw Mbaye Diagne’s fourth-minute header controversially ruled out.
However, they did go on to take the lead just after the half-hour mark after Fraser Forster brought down Pereira, who duly stepped up and converted from 12 yards out.
Diagne subsequently picked up an assist as his cross was turned home by Phillips on 35 minutes, and Robinson followed up his two goals against Chelsea with West Brom’s third on 69 minutes.
Numerous West Brom players got 9 out of 10 in the Birmingham Mail‘s post-match ratings piece, while Whoscored deemed Phillips the Star Man of the match with a score of 8.41.
“Tony Pulis always said that Phillips was the type of player whose performances were dictated by his confidence levels at that time,” the Birmingham Mail wrote on Phillips, who got a 9.
“He’s in a rich vein of form at the moment, as purple a patch as he’s had for some time and his goal marked that. Works so hard as an Albion man behind the ball when the opponent is in possession.”
Besides his goal, Phillips’ stats from the game, as per Whoscored, make for impressive reading – two shots on target, two key passes, two dribbles, one tackle, one interception, two clearances and five crosses including two accurate ones.
Hopefully the 30-year-old can continue in this rich vein of form for the remainder of the season, and if he can help the Baggies survive in the Premier League, he’ll be assured of legendary status at The Hawthorns.