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Matt Phillips let West Brom down in the present day

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West Bromwich Albion continued their winless run in the present day as they may solely grind out a 0-0 bore draw in opposition to Luton City.

Steve Bruce employed a tactical tweak by choosing a three-at-the-back system, with Conor Townsend and Matt Phillips because the wing-backs.

This appears to have labored defensively, as they restricted the Hatters to simply three pictures heading in the right direction. Nonetheless, it left Albion equally toothless up entrance, as they may solely mustered the identical quantity.

The 61-year-old will definitely really feel the strain mounting now, as this outcome marked a ninth recreation with no win for the Baggies.

While neither of the aforementioned wing-backs performed significantly properly, with the previous solely mustering a 6.5 common SofaScore ranking, it was Phillips who was actually horrible in the present day.

Admittedly enjoying barely out of place, he confirmed simply how out of his depth he was in a full-back function with a torrid defensive show and an impotent attacking output.

Who was the worst wing again in the present day for West Brom?

Matt Phillips

Conor Townsend

Conor Townsend

The Scotsman performed 86 minutes in the present day and managed to lose possession an astounding 27 instances. This may be traced again partly to his two unsuccessful dribble makes an attempt and 25% crossing accuracy, exhibiting how wasteful he was with the ball.

As talked about already, his defensive show was not a lot better. He didn’t make a single sort out or clearance all day, along with his solely actual contribution being his three interceptions.

Townsend additionally managed no tackles or clearances, however at the least he was much less wasteful in possession, shedding the ball simply 19 instances by comparability.

Regardless of the clear sheet, Bruce should see after this efficiency that he clearly doesn’t have the personnel for a wing-back formation. Nonetheless, the outcomes of late may imply that he could have few matches left to make such tweaks.

Albion nonetheless sits two factors adrift of security within the relegation zone, with Huddersfield City beneath them possessing two video games in hand as properly.

Issues are trying bleak for West Brom and Bruce, who could half methods sooner moderately than later in an try and cease this rut.

The supervisor can blame each of his wing-backs for an absence of attacking menace in the present day which might have received them the sport, with Phillips significantly wasteful and ineffective.

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