Sam Johnstone’s decision making for West Brom against QPR was “not good enough”, according to Paul Robinson.
The Baggies remain unbeaten this season, but were given an early fright against QPR in their most recent league outing.
The R’s took the lead inside the first minute, with Andre Gray running onto a through ball and slotting underneath Johnstone.
Johnstone had misinterpreted a long ball, racing out of his goal before retreating, with Gray slotting beyond the goalkeeper.
West Brom did fight back, though, with Karlan Grant’s second half brace seeing Albion return to winning ways on home soil.
But Johnstone will want to put that error behind him and ensure that he doesn’t perform a repeat of that mistake in another game.
Reflecting on the incident, Robinson has told Football Insider that Johnstone’s decision making against the R’s was “not good enough”, but still insisted that he is a “top quality goalkeeper”.
He said: “It was indecision and bad decision making. He committed to coming out and then started to retreat. I do not know what was going through his mind at the time.
“As a goalkeeper, nine times out of 10 when you have committed to something you stick with the decision. He obviously realised when he got to the edge of his box that his original decision was a really poor one. But let’s be honest, he realised too late because Gray scored.
“Johnstone got stuck between a bad decision and an even worse decision. It was uncharacteristic and not good enough by his standards but he will know that. He won’t need telling because he is a top quality goalkeeper.”
It was a tough night for Johnstone and he will have been a relieved man when Grant netted a brace and secured the win.
It was unlike him, but he will put it behind him and go again.
They face Cardiff City away from home tonight and he will need to be alert as the hosts will pump plenty of balls into the box.