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Derby 3 West Brom 1 - Player ratings

Albion missed a chance to leapfrog Leeds into third place on the final day of the season, when they were beaten 3-1 by Derby County. Here, we rate the players.

Jay Rodriguez and Jayden Bogle. (AMA)
Jay Rodriguez and Jayden Bogle. (AMA)

Sam Johnstone

Despite conceding three goals, this was a hugely impressive display of shot-stopping from Albion’s No.1, who made 10 saves in total. Was unfortunate to see his save rebound off Hegazi to Mason Bennett for the second goal, and little he could have done about the other two. 7/10

Mason Holgate

Likes to chop inside when he’s in a good crossing position, but too often he then wasted the chance he made for himself. Allowed Tom Lawrence to get past him too easily on too many occasions, but will be an important player in the play-offs. 5/10

Craig Dawson

Arguably at fault for all three goals. He let Martyn Waghorn run across him for the first, dived in on the edge of the box for the second, and let Lawrence skip past him too easily for the third. Will have to defend with much more skill and heart against Aston Villa. 4/10

Kyle Bartley

Allowed Waghorn to ghost in between him and Dawson for Derby’s first goal, and was rolled by David Nugent for their second. Conceded the penalty, and although it looked like he didn’t touch Lawrence, he also didn’t get anywhere near the ball. 5/10

Ahmed Hegazi

Probably the best of Albion’s back three, the Egyptian stepped out with confidence in the first half and also had a hand in Johansen’s goal with a cheeky backheel. Inadvertently deflected Johnstone’s save into Bennett’s path, but it would be harsh to criticise him for that. 6/10

Kieran Gibbs

Didn’t get out to Jayden Bogle in time to stop the cross, and should have been nearer with Albion playing a back five. Didn’t pose too much of an attacking threat down the left, and was pinned back for most of the game. Like Holgate, will still be important in the play-offs. 5/10

Rekeem Harper

A big test for Harper in a midfield two, and he was disciplined in the first half, when one particular recovery run to tackle Duane Holmes impressed. But he was overrun in the second half and chasing shadows for most of it, unable to get near Derby’s slick passers. 5/10

Stefan Johansen

Lashed in a lovely equaliser from outside the box, and like Harper, showed some discipline in the first half. After his goal he struggled to have much of an impact, when the white tide just kept coming and coming. But he’s probably done enough to keep his place for the play-offs. 6/10

Jacob Murphy

Given a chance to stake his claim, but responded with a mixed bag. Although he laid the ball on a plate to Gayle, he also missed a glorious chance himself and lost possession too much. He’s obviously talented, but seems too lightweight to make a difference. 4/10

Jay Rodriguez

Slipped Murphy in behind, and set up Johansen’s goal too. Although he rarely got a sniff at goal himself, he will be a vitally important player in the play-offs because on his day, he’s capable of scoring and setting up goals too. 6/10

Dwight Gayle

It’s difficult to criticise the current Championship player of the month because he’s been so lethal in front of goal this season. But he knows he should have done better with his big chance. If he scores on Saturday, that will be forgotten. 5/10


Matt Phillips (for Murphy, 60)

Didn't have the same impact as recent weeks but set one chance up with a powerful run. 5/10

Sam Field (for Johansen, 74)

Mopped up play at the back, but by the time he came on, the game had gone. 5/10

Hal Robson-Kanu (for Bartley, 78)

Pointless and petulant kick out means he is likely to miss the play-offs. 1/10

Not used: Bond, Mears, Townsend, Morrison

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