Yesterday’s historic victory at Old Trafford brought up the magical 40 points for West Brom. The performance typified exactly what Tony Pulis sides are all about, with organisation and determination proving the deciding factors. If you weren’t convinced by my previous Pulis article, then surely yesterday’s result only supports what I said.
Our match of the day coverage speaks for itself in a way, as only about 20 seconds of first half action was shown. In all honesty, the reason for that was the lack of action at either end of the field, which highlights exactly how difficult Manchester United found it to break through the Albion ranks. Even Joleon Lescott had a good game at left-back, after he himself has admitted he is uncomfortable playing there.
Managerial tactics aside, the performance of Boaz Myhill really caught the eye. For a number 2 goal keeper, Myhill represents a fantastic replacement for the injured Foster. Ben Foster aside though, it’s been my opinion for some time that he is good enough to keep for any of the bottom half premier league teams. It says a lot about his character too, to be able to step up in such spectacular fashion after sitting on the bench for so long. He should have received the man of the match award, despite the quality performances from Claudio Yacob, and the rest of the Throstles’ defensive unit. It goes without saying that he made an outrageously good penalty save, but his stopping of Di Maria and Van Persie’s shots were arguably even more challenging. The perfect performance form West Brom’s stand-in number 1 might just have Foster battling for his spot next season.
Another typical Pulis performance and a 1-0 scoreline to accompany it represents the ideal way to reach 40 points, and, one would assume, safety. With two wins at Old Trafford in the last two seasons, the Baggies fans have a lot to smile about going into the last three games of a somewhat turbulent season.