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Lewis Cox's player ratings: Several 8s as West Brom hold own against Southampton

Albion correspondent Lewis Cox dishes out his player ratings as the Baggies and Southampton draw in a stalemate at The Hawthorns in the first leg of the Championship play-off semi-final.

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The impressive Mikey Johnston battles with Southampton's Kyle Walker-Peters in Sunday's first leg at The Hawthorns.(Photo by Adam Fradgley/West Bromwich Albion FC via Getty Images).

Alex Palmer

Made two good saves to keep his side level in the tie to deny Downes and Armstrong, the second outstanding. A real solid presence. 8

Darnell Furlong

Continued his excellent run of form here. Prodded just wide with awkward chance but defensively he kept Manning et al at bay. 8

Kyle Bartley

Another standout performer for the Baggies. Bartley has grown in stature as season has gone on. Again had the armband and repelled everything. 8

Cedric Kipre

Gave a strong display. Few frills but solid defending. Was very good with the ball as Albion played out too. 7

Conor Townsend