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West Brom 2 Wigan 0 - Player ratings

By Jonny Drury | West Bromwich Albion | Published:

Albion made it three wins from three and eight games unbeaten with a 2-0 victory over Wigan Athletic on Boxing Day. Here, we rate the players.

Hal Robson-Kanu and Jay Rodriguez. (AMA)

Sam Johnstone

Hardly had a save to make all afternoon. Distribution was good, playing out from the back, but it was a quiet game for the Baggies stopper who will be delighted with back-to-back clean sheets. 6/10

Tosin Adarabioyo

The on loan Manchester City defender is progressing and learning every game. However, he conceded free kick for a clumsy foul in a dangerous area in the first half, and was wayward with a few passes. Caught out of position on crosses at times too. 6/10

Craig Dawson

Hardly troubled by a Wigan attack that showed little in the way of a goal threat all afternoon. Solid for the large part, but a couple of stray passes in the first period were pounced on and with a bit more composure the visitors could have capitalised. 7/10

Ahmed Hegazi

Apart from a few half chances for Wigan, the whole of the Albion back line had a fairly quiet afternoon. Dawson and Hegazi are continuing to gel well, with the latter looking calm and assured bringing the ball out from the back. Made a goal saving header later on to preserve the clean sheet late on. 8/10

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Kieran Gibbs

A superb outlet for Albion all afternoon, like he has been all season. Always an option on the left, wanting to get forward and assist the front men. Defensively as well it was a solid performance from the full back. 7/10

Jake Livermore Solid once again in the centre of the park with Barry, and the pair are beginning to strike up a useful partnership. With the veteran sitting deep, Livermore had a licence to advance forward and was able to play a hand in many of the Baggies attacking moves. 7/10

Gareth Barry Like a fine wine, the veteran midfielder seems to be getting better with age. That was certainly the case again in this game, and he was arguably the best player on the park. Had acres of space every time he got the ball, picked out all sorts of passes and hardly gave the ball away. 8/10

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Matt Phillips Saw plenty of the ball in the centre of the park, but his decision making at certain points left some scratching their heads. Sliced a volley over from in the box in the first half, and lashed over when Rodriguez was unmarked in a better position. But he did lay the ball on a plate for Robson-Kanu. 6/10

Harvey Barnes Had a couple of efforts to get himself on the score sheet but he was denied. But it was another dangerous display from the loanee, who was involved in the majority of Albion's attacking play. They'll be hoping his parent club Leicester stay away in January. 7/10

Dwight Gayle

Produced a superb left footed cross on eight minutes for Rodriguez to head into the corner. Picked up what looked like a hamstring injury while crossing and was replaced straight away. 7/10

Jay Rodriguez

The striker was clinical, putting away Albion's first chance early on. Had a couple of half chances, before unleashing a rocket that beat the Wigan keeper all ends up. But for some heroic blocks late on, he could have had a hat-trick. 8/10

Substitutes

Hal Robson-Kanu

Missed a glorious chance in the second half but is useful with his back to goal. 6/10

Chris Brunt

Conceded a dangerous free-kick which Wigan nearly scored from, but versatility useful. N/A

James Morrison

Helped see out the game. N/A

Unused: Myhill, Mears, Sako, Harper.

Jonny Drury

By Jonny Drury
@JonnyDrury_Star

Senior reporter covering Oswestry and Mid Wales.

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