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West Brom fans rave after stunning defensive display from Egyptian enforcer

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West Brom fans rave after stunning defensive display from Egyptian enforcer

Ahmed Hegazi was magnificent for the Baggies during last night’s play-off penalty shoot-out defeat to Aston Villa.

West Bromwich Albion have missed out on an immediate return to the Premier League. The Baggies were defeated 4-3 on penalties by Aston Villa after drawing 2-2 on aggregate with their rivals.

Craig Dawson’s goal saw James Shan’s team win 1-0 on the night but a cruel penalty shoot-out saw them miss out on a final berth.

The Baggies have been in an around the top six for the majority of the campaign and this defeat will hurt. The club will probably look to appoint a more permanent successor to Darren Moore ahead of a big push next season.

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Penalty kicks are always a heartbreaking way to lose a game of football. West Brom can be proud of their performance, however. Over the two games, Shan’s team were competitive and to some extent unlucky not to progress to Wembley.

One man who was head and shoulders above his team-mates last night was Ahmed Hegazi. The Egyptian kept Villa at bay with some superb defending and the Baggies will desperately hope to keep him for next season.

The 28-year-old has featured in 42 games for the club this season. He has been a real rock at the heart of the defence for the Baggies and they can ill-afford to lose him.

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Following last night’s contest, the Albion supporters were keen to praise their strapping central defender. The result might not have gone the way of the home side, but the supporters didn’t believe that was in any way down to Hegazi.

We looked at the best tweets regarding his performance:

 

 

 

 

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