Their run was good, but West Bromwich Albion’s unbeaten start to the Championship season was finally ended at the 11th attempt by Stoke City.
Despite missing a hatful of chances throughout the match, the Potters finally got past Sam Johnstone in the Baggies goal – even after he saved a Sam Surridge penalty earlier in the half.
Nick Powell netted the only goal of the contest on 79 minutes, lobbing Johnstone after latching onto a through ball and it left a sell-out away end at the bet365 Stadium incredibly frustrated.
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Valerien Ismael admitted post-match that Stoke were indeed the better side and that they deserved the victory but cracks are seemingly beginning to show in West Brom’s performances, and they were evident before this as they drew three matches in succession during the month of September.
Fans aren’t happy with the performances of some players with the likes of Jordan Hugill coming in for some criticism, but one player who divided opinion is Semi Ajayi.
The centre-back frustrated some supporters again last night but others believed that he had a solid game – check out what they were saying about the 27-year-old on social media.
Ajayi is really really bad isn’t he
— Alex (@Algore1990) October 1, 2021
So sick of ajayi ngl
— Jack (@Jack_wbafc_) October 1, 2021
Ajayi has been very, very poor tonight. If he keeps his place after the international break I’ll be very surprised #WBA
— KGx (@93xKG) October 1, 2021
Ajayi cannot keep starting for west brom #WBA
— Joe (@Yacxb) October 1, 2021
Please, Albion. Send Ajayi to Stoke and sign Harry Souttar.
— Joe (@jwba_) October 1, 2021
Ajayi is quickly becoming a liability. Playing everyone onside, can’t pass, terrible touch
— Mitch Sprigg (@wba_mitch) October 1, 2021
Definitely our only good outfield player tonight for sure! Was the only defender that looked comfortable.
— Samson (@ItsSamson2) October 1, 2021
Best player by far for us tonight.
Only one who seemed to actually show up to fight
— MUWBA 4 EVER (@MUWBA_4_EVER) October 1, 2021
Our best player tonight
— Ell (@ells89) October 1, 2021
He played well. We lost in midfield. That's it.
— Kendo Nagasaki 7 (🌟🌟🌟AGREE2DISAGREE🌟🌟🌟) (@KendoNagasaki7) October 1, 2021
Apart from Johnstone and Ajayi, no knes done anything of note, keep it at 1 at this point
— Adam 📀 (@Adam_WBAFC) October 1, 2021