West Bromwich Albion supporters have been reacting to the performance of goalkeeper Sam Johnstone during the Baggies’ 1-1 draw at Barnsley on Boing Day.
The point extend West Brom’s unbeaten run to 14 Championship matches and saw them maintain their three point lead over Leeds United at the top of the Championship table, but the Baggies could have taken all three points with only a 90th minute equaliser from Aapo Halme cancelling out Filip Krovinovic’s fifth minute opener.
However, Slaven Bilic’s side produced an uncharacteristically lacklustre performance for most of the contest, with the hosts having more of the possession and creating the better chances in front of goal in the final third.
That meant the Baggies were in need of a strong performance from Johnstone in goal to help protect their early lead, and the keeper was in excellent form pulling off a number of important saves especially during the second half.
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The pick of the bunch was Johnstone’s excellent save to deny Jacob Brown’s volley from levelling the contest, with the keeper making a flying save to keep the Baggies on course for three points, before he was finally beaten in the last minute by Halme.
Johnstone has been instrumental to the Baggies unbeaten run, with the keeper always offering a real reliable presence between the sticks and helping to keep the opposition at bay when they are putting West Brom under pressure, and he was again at his best at Barnelsy.
Here then, we take a look at what West Brom fans had to say about the stopper’s performance in the draw at Barnsley…
For me Johnstone has upped his game massively, if you’re comparing him to Foster then I’d say that no one was as quick as him off his line but shot stopping & distribution then SJ has been impressive & yesterday produced a brilliant display #wba
— Jay Hickman (@HurricaneHic147) December 27, 2019
As much as I love Bilic, I have no idea what he was thinking today. Got it woefully wrong from the start and his subs made no impact whatsoever. Second best for 90 minutes and but for Johnstone we’d have been battered 4 or 5. Awful again today #wba
— jordan holmes (@jordan_wubba) December 26, 2019
Johnstone kept us in it today #wba
— dpot (@danzzzzz83) December 26, 2019
Albion has not been at our best lately, but still finding a way to not lose. Johnstone was top player today. #WBA
— West Bromwich USA (@WBAUSA) December 26, 2019
I will say, Johnstone made about 5 or 6 vital saves again to helps us get even a point #wba
— hannah 🏳️🌈 (@Hannanar) December 26, 2019
Any chance we can pack up the questioning Sam Johnstone talk now? Worth his place in team as much as anybody on this form, and include Sawyers, Livermore, Pereira et al in that. Time to move on from Ben Foster & appreciate what we have now. #wba
— Dave (@DaveWBA1878) December 26, 2019
Awful game Johnstone kept the score down in truth an off day with not much creativity needs improving for Sunday ASAP but a points better then none onto Boro now #wba
— Jon Simonian (@_Simonian) December 26, 2019