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West Brom 4 Huddersfield Town 2 - Player ratings

By Joseph Masi | West Bromwich Albion | Published: | Last Updated:

West Brom remain unbeaten in the Championship after twice coming from behind to beat Huddersfield 4-2.

Darnell Furlong

Here we rate the players.

Sam Johnstone

The goalkeeper was only really called into action when Huddersfield sent hopeful balls into the box. But when they did, Johnstone dealt with them well. Over the course of the game, though, his kicking proved to be hit and miss – with the keeper sometimes needing to just get rid instead of trying to play out. 6

Darnell Furlong

An excellent afternoon for the right-back who cheekily nutmegged Terence Kongolo in the build up to Albion’s first goal. He then scored his first for the club with a fantastic header from a Grady Diangana cross. A threat going forward all afternoon, the 23-year-old looks to be a snip at £1.5million. 9

Semi Ajayi

The Nigerian international perhaps could have done more to deny Lewis O’Brien in the build-up to Huddersfield’s first goal with the midfielder nipping past him fairly easily. But that moment aside, Ajayi put in another steady showing at centre-back. Scored from a corner for the second successive game and you get the feeling he will continue to chip in over the course of the season. 7

Kyle Bartley

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Imperious at Fulham in his previous outing, Bartley will want to quickly move on from this game following the mistake that led to Huddersfield’s second goal. Slaven Bilic is a manager who wants to play out from the back, but that pass never looked on. 5

Nathan Ferguson

Another composed and steady performance from the teenager who continues to defy his years. Ferguson won his duel with Elias Kachunga, he also used the ball intelligently and made a number of well timed challenges. With Furlong keen to bomb on, his defensive nous gives Albion's back four a nice balance. 7

Jake Livermore

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Found the going tough in the first-half due to Huddersfield giving him very little time on the ball. But he improved significantly after the interval and twice came close to scoring from distance. Without his physical presence, Albion would lack bite in the middle of the park. 7

Romaine Sawyers

The one thing you can always guarantee with Sawyers is that he will be positive and forward thinking in possession. There were points he struggled to impose himself in the first-half but he impressed when he did get on the ball. After the interval, though, he was instrumental in forcing Huddersfield back and making sure Albion were going to be the only team to have any momentum. 7

Matt Phillips

Quiet at Fulham, Phillips was back with a bang here with the winger scoring twice and also hitting the post. His first goal was an excellent finish. His second, the result of a well-timed run. Now on four goals for the season having managed just five last year, Bilic is clearly getting the best out of him. 8

Filip Krovinovic

The Croatian showed one or two nice touches in the first-half but overall struggled to get involved. He may not have been helped by Charlie Austin who was eager to drop deep and get on the ball. But Krovinovic needed to impose himself more. Subbed at half-time. 5

Matheus Pereira

The Brazilian started in the centre against Fulham but helped change the game when he was moved to the right. Here he started out wide but was more effective down the middle. No matter where you play him, though, his touch and eye for a pass make him a threat. A tidy display. 7

Charlie Austin

The striker worked relentlessly and claimed an assist for Phillips’ first goal. After the break he forced Kamil Grabara into an outstanding stop after meeting a cross from Furlong. Still needs that first league goal, but you get the feeling it will arrive sooner rather than later. 6

Subs

Grady Diangana (for Krovinovic 46)

The West Ham loanee was introduced off the bench to devastating effect. It was his cross that set-up Furlong for the equaliser. He then somehow kept the ball away from four Huddersfield defenders to tee up Phillips for his second. A devastating display. 8

Keneth Zohore (for Austin 72)

Provided fresh legs to help Albion see the game out. 6

Hal Robson-Kanu (for Phillips 82)

Didn't really have enough time to make an impact.

Joseph Masi

By Joseph Masi
Football MMPJ - @josephmasi_star

West Bromwich Albion reporter.

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