Booed by the home crowd due to his previous ties to Villa, Johnstone was spectator for long spells here and didn’t really put a foot wrong.
It shouldn’t be the case, but Ajayi looks Albion’s most dangerous player at the minute. Given the licence to get forward as an over-lapping centre-back, the Nigerian international is one of the few Baggies players currently capable of sending in a dangerous cross.
Solid enough in the middle of the back three – the defender made a couple of crunching tackles you need in a derby.
Like Ajayi, Clarke tried to give Albion an attacking threat and was also coped well with Blues’ attacking threat.
Should have won a penalty when his long-throw was punched clear by Marc Roberts. Aside from his throw’s, though, Furlong once again offered very little.
The skipper battled relentlessly and was constantly in the referee’s ear in a bid to get any advantage he could for his side. Not his fault Albion lost this game.
The midfielder had one or two tenacious moments but he isn’t getting anywhere near the levels he produced for Barnsley last season.
Lacking belief 4
The youngster tried his best but nothing really came off for him.
Appealed for a goal-kick and ended up giving away a penalty in a farcical moment which decided a farcical game.
The Republic of Ireland international had a dreadful afternoon. Robinson offered next to no attacking threat. His hold-up play was non-existant. And he was also too quick to blame his team-mates.
Like Robinson, the striker had next to no impact on the game with Albion’s lack of physical presence and focal point one reason they performed so badly.
Grady Diangana (for Gardner-Hickman 60); Andy Carroll (for Grant 68); Adam Reach (for Townsend 76). Not used: Button, Kipre, O’Shea, Molumby.