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BBC’s Garth Crooks names two West Brom stars in his Premier League Team of the Week

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BBC’s Garth Crooks names two West Brom stars in his Premier League Team of the Week

West Bromwich Albion duo Sam Johnstone and Kyle Bartley were both named in Garth Crooks’ latest Premier League Team of the Week on BBC Sport.

The Baggies gave their hopes of Premier League survival a boost with a 1-0 win over Brighton at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

West Brom triumphed in a strange game which saw the visitors find the back of the net, only for the goal to be disallowed, re-allowed, and disallowed once again.

West Bromwich Albion v Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League

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Brighton also missed two penalties over the course of the match as the Baggies successfully defended their early opener and eventual winner.

Bartley netted for the hosts in the 11th minute, drifting away from his marker to head home Conor Gallagher’s delivery.

As well as scoring the winner, Bartley was impressive in defence, a hefty challenge at the end summing up his commanding showing.

Johnstone, meanwhile, was once again strong in between the sticks, thwarting the Seagulls with numerous saves, and is looking much more authoritative in terms of commanding his box.

“If ever there was a day when you wanted your goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet then this was it,” Crooks wrote on BBC Sport.

 

“West Brom are desperately struggling to survive in the best league in the world and they battled it out and won the day against a team in a similar position.

“Nerves were at breaking point for everyone concerned, including the officials when Lewis Dunk’s free kick was ruled out.

“Brighton boss Graham Potter handled himself impeccably in the midst of extraordinary circumstances.

“West Brom centre-back Kyle Bartley put in another superb defensive display and his goalkeeper Sam Johnstone played an absolute blinder, under extreme pressure.”

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West Brom remain in deep trouble but Sam Allardyce has given them a fighting chance, with his January recruits hitting the ground running – Okay Yokuslu has been amazing – and the more established players also looking good.

Nine points to safety is a big gap but with West Brom unbeaten in three and 17th-placed Newcastle coming up this weekend, there’s bound to be more twists and turns in the relegation race.

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