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Luton 1 West Brom 2 - Player ratings

By Matt Wilson | West Bromwich Albion | Published:

Albion came from behind to beat Luton Town on Saturday thanks to two goals in the first six minutes of Grady Diangana's Championship career. Here, we rate the players.

Grady Diangana celebrates his second goal. (AMA)

Sam Johnstone

Not much he could have done about the header, which was powered in by an unmarked Harry Cornick from a central position, and he saved well from Kazenga LuaLua in the second half before claiming a couple of crosses. Comfortable with the ball at his feet. 6

Nathan Ferguson

Callum McManaman tried to ruffle his feathers, and ended up fouling him three times, which caused the home fans to earmark him as the boo-boy. Considering he’s 18, he could have wilted under pressure, but he stood his ground and McManaman was eventually subbed off. 7

Semi Ajayi

Missed a couple of chances with his head in the opposition box, and slipped at the inopportune moment for Luton’s goal, allowing Cornick a free run into the area. Struggled more in this game than others this season. 6

Kyle Bartley

Another composed performance at the back from Bartley, who is beginning to change perceptions thanks to a back four that suits him. As well as winning more headers than anyone else on the pitch, he showed a turn of pace to deal with LuaLua. Also passed well and carried the ball out. 7

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Kieran Gibbs

A typical Gibbs performance, which was reliably technical, and included one eye-catching dribble into the opposition box. But there was too often space in behind him, particularly in the second half for LuaLua and Bilic was disappointed he didn't close down the cross for Luton's goal. 6

Jake Livermore

His best performance of the season so far. Was the catalyst that dragged Albion back onto the front foot in the first half after conceding, and nearly scored from range. Snapped into tackles, and played the ball forward more than usual. A true captain’s display. 8

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Romaine Sawyers

Overshadowed by his midfield partner on this occasion, but no player in the Championship has made more successful passes than Sawyers this season, which shows how important he is to Bilic’s new-look side. Like the whole team, he improved after the break. 7

Matt Phillips

Not his best day in an Albion shirt. Struggled to find his radar with his crossing in the first half and seems to have been told to drift inside to support Zohore, but that sometimes leaves Ferguson exposed. Better in the second half, but now facing stiff competition. 5

Filip Krovinovic

Struggled to create anything in the first half, when he lost his battle with Ryan Tunnicliffe, but he was far more influential after the break and began exploiting the space. Had a hand in the second goal, when his deflected shot was nodded in by Diangana. 6

Kyle Edwards

Was a tad unfortunate to be taken off at half-time, because he was probably the most dangerous of the two wingers, but Diangana and Pereira’s performances have put his place under threat. Bilic is still a big fan, and he made that clear afterwards. 5

Kenneth Zohore

Improved on his Millwall performance, particularly in the second half, when he was laying the ball off to the midfield runners, but was still being urged to show for it more by those behind him, and Austin looked more dangerous in the 10 minutes he was on. 6

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Grady Diangana (Edwards 45)

What can you say? Two goals in six minutes turned the game on its head and gave Albion exactly the sort of predatory instinct they'd been missing. Also set up a chance for Austin and tracked back. Should surely start the next game. 9

Matheus Pereira (Phillips 74)

Also looked dangerous off the bench, the Brazilian is a bag of tricks capable of beating a man. Set up a chance for Austin. 6

Charlie Austin (Zohore 80)

Hit the post and had a couple more shots off target, but the goals will come. Made more threatening runs in 10 minutes than Zohore managed in 80. 6

Unused: O'Shea, Brunt, Townsend, Bond.

Matt Wilson

By Matt Wilson
Football MMPJ - @mattwilson_star

Sports reporter at the Express & Star, who primarily covers West Bromwich Albion.

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