08 December 2019 22:33
Another solid showing from the keeper who was a spectator for long spells but did what he had to do well. Johnstone pulled off a decent save early on to deny Sam Surridge. A good showing from Gibbs who impressed going forward and defensively until he was forced off with a hamstring injury. Was so frustrated to pick up the issue just ahead of the hour mark, having missed chunks of the season already through injury. Laid on the second goal brilliantly for Matheus Pereira.
Kyle Bartley Bartley has been a rock all season, and he put in another good showing here. Should have opened the scoring only to put his header straight at Freddie Woodman. Played a massive part in Semi Ajayi's goal after nodding a corner back into the danger area. Bartley may, though, feel, he could have done better with Swansea's goal. Semi Ajayi Everyone loves a centre back that offers up the odd goal at the other end, and Semi Ajayi does just that.
Got Albion going with his header, which will be one of the easier goals he'll score this season. Did well to keep the visitors quiet in the second half too. Another impressive performance from a full back who continues to play beyond his years. Ferguson switched flanks following Gibbs' departure and looked comfortable on the left once again. Maybe got a way with holding Nathan Dyer late on, but once again did very well. Romaine Sawyers Another impressive performance from Sawyers who kept things ticking over in midfield. As well as using the ball intelligently, he also impressed defensively with his partnership with Jake Livermore giving the team a fantastic base from which to build from. A brilliant showing from Albion's skipper, who covered every blade of grass. Livermore broke up play superbly by always being in the right place at the right time. He also had his shooting boots on and forced Woodman into an excellent stop with a fierce drive from 25-yards. He may not have been as instrumental as fellow loanee Pereira, but Diangana still played a huge role in this win. The winger produced a number of sublime pieces of skill that left Swansea full-back Connor Roberts in a daze. Showed yet again just what an excellent footballer he is. Matheus Pereira Leeds fans can say what they want about Pablo Hernandez, but Pereira is the best player in the Championship. Always good for a goal, and he did it once again with a wonderful header. Phillips' delivery from dead balls was also excellent with the winger sending in the cross from which Bartley should have opened the scoring. Another superb showing from the Welshman, who's been inspired this year. Scored a carbon copy of the goal he managed against Sheffield Wednesday. Robson-Kanu's hold-up play was also superb with the forward the perfect foil for the talented trio behind him. Darnell Furlong (for Gibbs 56) Came on for Gibbs following his unfortunate injury and did just fine. Offers something different to Ferguson on the right side with his delivery, but we didn't see much of it against Swansea. Truth be told, he didn't need to do a whole lot going forward and was untested defensively. Ahmed Hegazi (for Bartley 66) On for Bartley, and got some much needed first-team minutes. Still didn't look completely composed, and did misplace the odd pass, but didn't cost Albion anything. Give him time and the Hegazi of old will soon be on show. Kyle Edwards (for Diangana 71) Came on and provided plenty of attacking intent in place of Diangana. Took his goal in emphatic style, giving Woodman no chance whatsoever with his finish. West Brom made it six wins in a row, for the first time since 2004, with a thumping of Swansea City at The Hawthorns. It's a win that means they return to the top of the league, and are now a staggering ten points clear of third placed Fulham. Semi Ajayi got the ball rolling with a header after a well-worked corner, and midfield diamond Matheus Pereira doubled the lead with a sumptuous second. There was a defensive ricket when Sam Surridge halved the deficit from a corner, but the Baggies restored the two goal advantage before half time when Hal Robson-Kanu netted his sixth of the season. Pereira laid the ball on a plate for top scorer Matt Phillips to notch his seventh in the later stages, before sub Kyle Edwards rounded off another fine move - and the score-line - when he blasted past Freddie Woodman. Albion care not for your records. Preston unbeaten at home; Baggies take all three points from Deepdale. Swansea, proudly, the only unbeaten side on the road in the entirety of the Football League; Bilic's men send them back to South Wales in pieces. Each time Albion have come up against a particular challenge this term, they've responded - and then some. This game was no different. Not once did the Swans really threaten to take the game to Albion, despite an open start to the match. Once Albion got themselves in front, there was only ever really one winner. Share the load It's the first time they've managed to find the net five times in a single match. The sharing of the responsibility, though, has been quite astonishing this season. Albion are the undisputed top scorers in the entire division now, with a phenomenal 41 from their first 20 games. On only two occasions this season, though, has a player scored more than once in a single game - Phillips vs Huddersfield and Diangana at Luton. Four different scorers against Cardiff. Four different scorers against Bristol City. Five different scorers here. Six wins in a row. That's quite a feat, albeit it's something that Albion have had to put together to keep pace with Leeds, who have completed a similar run of successive victories. The Baggies haven't managed to knit six wins together on the trot since Gary Megson's days; back in March and April 2004, as they pushed for an immediate return to the Premier League. That side was sprinkled with the quality of Jason Koumas. This side is littered with that same quality from front to back. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8 Cancel Play now Albion have themselves the bargain of the season in Matheus Pereira. Romaine Sawyers was a bargain, yes. Semi Ajayi is proving glorious value for money, sure. Pereira, though, is already worth three times the fee that Albion themselves haven't even paid yet. Here, Pereira was immense, delivering a performance from start to finish that reflected everything that Albion fans love about him, and why they consider him the best player in the entire division. Picking out teammates, the league's top assist maker added three more here while also finding the net himself with a fabulous first-time finish.