After grinding out our fifth draw from seven games this season, it was another game where we failed to capitalise on the opposition’s mistakes, as well as our great chances to score. Week after week, it becomes more obvious that we don’t deserve to be where we are positioned in the league, and I’m certain once we kick off, we will be a great force.
GK: Lee Camp
Surprisingly positive performance from the heavily-criticised shot stopper, made a strong save from Harvey Barnes in the second half, yet this was after being exposed for Pedersen’s shocking mistake – leading to Phillip’s goal. 6.5/10.
RB: Maxime Colin
A much stronger performance from Colin, almost two weeks after his below-par performance against QPR. Quality on the attack and performed his defensive duties to a high standard. In my opinion, Colin is in the top-five right-backs in the league, without a shadow of a doubt. 8/10.
CB: Harlee Dean
Comfortably handled Gayle and Rodriguez alongside Morrison throughout the majority of the game. Rodriguez, who is arguably one of the best players in this league on paper, wasn’t given a look-in during his tenure on the pitch. 8/10.
CB: Michael Morrison
The defensive partnership of Dean and Morrison appears to become stronger by week, I was expecting Gayle to run us off the park, like he did for Newcastle, but was stopped through Morrison’s great performance. 6.5/10.
LB: Kristian Pedersen
Shocking mistake from the Dane before half time, which ultimately led to Phillip’s equaliser. Pedersen displayed great physicality, which is vital in the championship, as well as pace down the left wing when attacking, but must improve on his defensive output. 5/10.
LM: Jacques Maghoma
Jacques is an undoubtedly talented player, however is also extremely frustrating. He missed a diving-header from close range, as well as giving his all. When the skills pay off, it’s brilliant to see, but the exact opposite of when they don’t. 6/10.
CM: Gary Gardner
Dominated the midfield battle against Livermore, making me question even more how he deserved an England call up, played some brilliant passes in the centre of the park, becoming favoured amongst the fans game-by-game. 7/10.
CM: Maikel Kieftenbeld
Intercepted many of the numerous misplaced passes from the West Brom defence, undeservedly booked in the second half. Committed himself to tackles at all available opportunities, consistently breaking down counter attacks. 7.5/10.
Nothing short of a spectacular display from the Spanish magician, ensuring that he pocketed Conor Townsend throughout his entire time on the right flank. Scored from a difficult angle, only to miss a penalty just over a minute later, which ultimately flattened the boost given from the goal. Despite that, it was still another great performance. 8.5/10. MOTM
ST: Che Adams
An unpopular opinion which is becoming increasingly popular, Adams has not lived up to the quality and standards which we expected him to meet. A shocking miss from so close in, which would’ve put us in front, followed by another great chance which was fumbled by an incredibly heavy touch. An overall poor performance from Adams. 6/10.
ST: Lucas Jutkiewicz
Juke is often used as a scapegoat by many fans but performed what he was there to do today. Offered great ariel ability and assisting Jota’s opener. He showed great strength against the back-three, almost getting the better of them on multiple occasions. 8/10.
SUBSTITUTE: Omar Bogle
Poor cameo from Bogle, at some points it appeared that someone needed to tell him we were playing a must-win derby, strolled around the pitch and offered nothing going forward late on in the match. 4.5/10.
SUBSTITUTE: Viv Solomon-Otabor
Only given six minutes to try and make a similar impact to what he did against Norwich, but made a few darting runs forward with the ball, and was unlucky to make anything of them. N/A.