West Bromwich Albion were knocked out of the FA Cup on Tuesday night as they lost 3-2 against Premier League side Newcastle United at The Hawthorns.
The Baggies made nine changes to the side that were defeated by Wigan Athletic in the Championship on Saturday, with Slaven Bilic stating that some players deserved an opportunity in the side.
One player who came into the starting lineup was winger Matt Phillips. He impressed throughout the fixture and managed to get on the scoresheet in the second-half.
Phillips had been a regular earlier in the campaign, but he hasn’t started in the Championship since the home victory over Luton Town on the 1st of February. He’s now being used as an impact sub in the league, although his performance on Tuesday night may force Bilic to put him back into the starting XI.
Here’s how West Brom supporters reacted to Phillips’ performance against Premier League side Newcastle on Tuesday…
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Edwards and Phillips were brilliant today, they really drove our creativity going forward and created so many chances in the second half.
Krovinović coming on changed our midfield massively and boosted the pace of the game.
Feeling positive despite being 3-0 down origionally #wba
— JonW1995 (@JonW1995) March 3, 2020
Disappointing to go out but ultimately we couldn’t cope with the pace & movement of Almiron & Saint Maximin, good to see Gibbs back, Phillips best game in along time & Krov lifted us when he came on…. #UTA #wba
— Jay Hickman (@HurricaneHic147) March 3, 2020
There were positives though, thought Edwards had a great game, Phillips looked good during the second half, Harper done ok, Gibbs was excellent #wba
— Shane Evansić 🇭🇷 (@ShaneoTheBaggie) March 3, 2020
Thought Edwards and Phillips in particular showed some real fight and desire to get themselves back in the first XI #wba
— Jake (@jakedf96) March 3, 2020
— Matt Baker (@bakermatt86) March 3, 2020
Plus points from tonight Phillips best game in a while much more like it , krov excellent and a important 90 minutes into Gibbs #wba
— Jason Wheeler (@lebouf1976) March 3, 2020
Second string team against full strength prem opposition and we really took it to them that second 45… Phillips my MOTM, Krovi with the spark yet again #wba
— hannah 🏳️🌈 (@Hannanar) March 3, 2020