‘Put the fear of God into anyone’ – the opposition view on West Brom’s win over Middlesbrough
The dust has settled on West Bromwich Albion’s latest win in the Sky Bet Championship which saw them claim a 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough at the Riverside.
Second half substitute Hal Robson-Kanu netted the only goal of the game to secure all three points for the Baggies, and their quest for promotion back to the Premier League continues.
Slaven Bilic’s side will now be looking ahead to their next test in the Championship as they take on Barnsley at The Hawthorns on Tuesday night.
For Boro, they are now just one point above the relegation zone with 10 points from their opening 12 league matches.
Our friends at Teesside Live were at the Riverside and have picked out one or two moments in Saturday’s game that may have gone unnoticed with most people.
Here is what they thought of the match.
Some very lax refereeing
The officials have a difficult job and take a lot of unfair flak but there were a couple of woeful decisions that went almost unmentioned.
Firstly, there was a shocking early ‘reducer’ right in front of the ref as Livermore absolutely scythed through George Saville.
He came in from the side and slipped slightly as he launched into a tackle but that is little mitigation for the force with which he hit Saville on the inside of his standing leg. It was horrendous. And it looked worse on the replay.
That could/should have been a red. It was certainly a yellow. Incredibly he escaped without sanction. Jonathan Woodgate was irate.
That set the tone for what was not necessarily a bad tempered game but certainly a full blooded one with a lot of tackles flying in.
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It frustrates fans and undermines the credibility of officials when blatant offences go unpunished.
There was a moment in the second half when a linesman was stood, crouched and alert, four feet away and staring directly at the action as a defender got Britt Assombalonga in a neck hold and threw him to the floor as they tussled over a punt down the flank.
He never even flinched, let alone wave his flag. No wonder managers vent their fury at them.
Leo bubbling over
This week’s Royal Rumble: Leo Percovich v Julian Dicks. A clash to put the fear of God into anyone.
Leo’s normal setting is ‘simmer’ and it doesn’t take much to bring him to the boil.
Against the Baggies the flashpoint came when the Albion bench reacted angrily to a Marvin Johnson challenge.
They demanded action while coach Danilo Butrovic fumed and wagged his finger in Johnson’s face, a gesture that flicked Leo’s switch to ‘Hulk’ mode and he intervened, leading to former West Ham hatchet man Dicks to wade in.
The pair squared up in a bout of playground posturing before both were shown a yellow. “Julian was the calmest one,” Bilic said.
Leo needs to keep a lid on it. He was at the centre of a ‘kerfuffle’ when then Millwall boss Neil Harris was sent off.
Some fans may love the impulsive, passionate flare-ups but we need cool heads under fire.