Albion’s back-up keeper gave the team a huge opportunity to win the game by saving the first penalty in the shoot-out.
You can’t help but wonder, though, if Sam Johnstone would have stopped Gary Madine’s strike.
A solid performance from the defender who was strong in the air and produced a couple of crunching tackles.
Switched from right-back to left-back at half-time and again stuck to his task fairly well.
Still working his way back from injury, Bartley looked far too casual as Blackpool scored their opener.
Needs to quickly find his sharpness.
Another game where the former Chelsea man struggled – this time against League One opposition.
It’s sad to see a once great player now consistently perform so badly.
Off the pace 3
Taken off at the break as a precaution as he still has a tight quad muscle, the full-back switched-off in the build-up to Blackpool’s opener.
Deployed in a holding midfield role, it was an experiment that didn’t really work with Ajayi much more suited to being a centre-back.
Scored with a good header from a corner.
Out of position 5
Asked to do a job on the right of midfield, Krovinovic had some decent efforts from distance but, overall, looked lost in the role.
Back in the side and back wearing the armband, Livermore buzzed around the pitch trying to make things happen.
One of Albion’s better performers.
The Chelsea loanee did everything he could to get forward and support Matheus Pereira.
But while the work-rate was there end product wasn’t with Gallagher twice firing over when well-placed.
Worked hard 5
Sent in the delivery for Ajayi’s equaliser and won the penalty when his cross hit the arm of a defender.
But this was still an inconsistent display from the winger who drew criticism from team mates for a lack of defensive work.
Played as a false nine, Pereira sprayed some lovely passes and had some nice touches on the ball.
But they were all from the deep areas he is comfortable in – and that meant Albion had no focal point to their attack.
Darnell Furlong (for Gibbs 46) 6; Kyle Edwards (for Gallagher 61) 6; Romaine Sawyers (for Bartley 61) 5; Cedric Kipre (for Ivanovic 72) 5; Dara O’Shea (for Peltier 96).
Subs not used: Lonergan, Harper, Richards, Harmon.