West Bromwich Albion failed to pick up three points in match that would have been expecting to win against Reading at The Hawthorns on Wednesday night – and Baggies fans have criticised goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.
Johnstone, 26, has failed to keep a clean sheet for West Brom all season, conceding one goal in each of the Baggies’ opening four Championship fixtures. West Brom have tallied up eight points from a possible 12.
Liverpool loanee Ovie Ejaria opened the scoring for Reading just inside the last 20 minutes. The England youth international lashed home an effort from 20 yards, which flew into the top corner via a slight deflection.
Former Manchester United and Aston Villa goalkeeper Johnstone was rooted to the spot, failing to even dive towards the flight of the ball as Reading looked as though they were about to secure an unlikely three points away from home.
However, Slaven Bilic and indeed Johnstone’s blushes were saved by Kenneth Zohore who scores his first goal for the club since moving to the Midlands from Cardiff City. He scored from the spot, after Ejaria brought down Filip Kroninovic.
West Brom fans have reacted on Twitter to Johnstone’s inability to keep a clean sheet for the fourth match in a row. He has now managed just 10 clean sheets in 52 appearances for West Brom since joining the club last summer for £6.5million (BBC Sport).
@BaggiesAnalytic heres on for you lads.
Can you find out how many of the goals Johnstone has conceded since being with us have been from outside the box.
Really want to know this, itll be higher than most GKs in the country I bet.
— WBA Rainbow Stand ® (@TheRainbowStand) August 21, 2019
I don’t care what anyone said…Johnstone is an awful keeper. So static, never on his toes never commands his box!
The goal is not his fault but at least be ready for a shot and attempt to save it! That’s every goal we’ve let in that he has basically just watched! #WBA
— Ste-3PO™ (@StevenTFHunt) August 21, 2019
Any danger of Johnstone moving???
— Ian Hinley (@IanHinley) August 21, 2019
All the game needed was a goal and now it has one. Unfortunately for Albion it's gone to the visitors.
Good hit, but could Johnstone do better?
— Luke Hatfield (@LHatfield_Star) August 21, 2019
Did a bit of analysis and found this astonishing.
Sam Johnstone- League Games
1️⃣5️⃣Conceded from outside the area
2️⃣3️⃣% of goals conceded are from outside the box
Not saying he's to blame for every goal but that % figure is alarming.#wba
— WBA Rainbow Stand ® (@TheRainbowStand) August 22, 2019
Just watched the goal back Johnson you can dive
— grantham chatterley (@grannie1234) August 21, 2019