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Coventry City loses against West Brom due to subpar shooting and defense, according to Andy Turner’s player ratings.

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Match Summary:

Coventry City suffered their second consecutive Championship defeat against promotion rivals West Bromwich Albion. The early setback came when Mikey Johnston evaded defenders Milan van Ewijk and Josh Eccles to score for West Brom in the sixth minute. Despite close attempts by Josh Eccles and Kasey Palmer, Coventry couldn’t find an equalizer. Albion doubled their lead just after the half-hour mark when Grady Diangana scored from a cross by Tom Fellows, beating Jay Dasilva.

In the second half, Coventry attempted a comeback, with Kasey Palmer winning a penalty. Half-time substitute Haji Wright converted the penalty confidently in the 73rd minute, setting up an exciting finish to the game. However, Coventry failed to capitalize on opportunities in the latter stages, with Simms, Eccles, and Palmer missing decent shooting chances.

Starting Formation: 3-4-2-1

Ben Wilson: 5.5
– Continued in goal for the fourth successive game.
– Conceded to Johnston’s curling effort and Diangana’s powerful shot.
– Didn’t have much to do otherwise, but couldn’t prevent the goals.

Mark Robins shows his frustration as Coventry City trail to hosts West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.

Player Ratings:

Bobby Thomas: 5
– Made several headed clearances and blocks in the early stages.
– Failed to prevent Diangana from scoring the second goal due to allowing him too much time and space.
– Improved and looked more comfortable in the second half when City pressed forward.

Joel Latibeaudiere: 5.5
– Positioned in the central role of the back three, defended reasonably well with occasional interventions.

Luis Binks: 5.5
– Returned to the starting lineup on the left side of the back three.
– Failed to intercept the cross leading to the second goal but defended adequately overall.

Milan van Ewijk: 4.5
– Beaten by Mikey Johnston for the opening goal, indicating a defensive lapse.
– Improved performance in the second half, particularly when City were on the offensive and he ventured forward effectively.

(Note: The ratings are subjective and based on the provided performance descriptions.)

Mikey Johnston scores West Bromwich Albion's opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match against Coventry City at the Hawthorns.
Mikey Johnston scores West Bromwich Albion’s opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match against Coventry City at the Hawthorns. (Image: Bradley Collyer)

Player Ratings:

Josh Eccles: 5.5
– Failed to prevent Johnston from cutting into the box for a scoring opportunity.
– Came close to equalizing with a first-time shot that narrowly missed the post.
– Showed good ball control in the second half as City attempted to build attacks.
– Nearly scored a late equalizer with another effort that went just wide.

Victor Torp: 5
– Worked hard and distributed the ball effectively in midfield.
– Had a notable attempt on goal early in the second half, City’s best chance.
– Uncharacteristically poor with set-pieces.

Jay Dasilva: 4.5
– Started after a disappointing performance in the previous match but failed to prevent the cross leading to the second goal.
– Improved in the second half when he ventured forward more actively.

Callum O’Hare: 5
– Energetic and hardworking, but his early pass to Simms resulted in a wasted opportunity.
– Covered a lot of ground in the attacking third, supporting Palmer.
– Substituted off at half-time for Wright as part of a tactical change.

Kasey Palmer: 6
– Demonstrated excellent energy and work rate in pressing and chasing in the final third.
– Intercepted passes and provided good through balls for Simms.
– Missed a couple of chances, including a curling effort wide of the post.
– Won a penalty with a skillful run into the box.

(Note: The ratings are subjective and based on the provided performance descriptions.)

Haji Wright celebrates scoring Coventry City's goal at West Brom from the penalty spot.

Player Ratings:

Ellis Simms: 5
– Started as the lone striker and missed an early shot from a promising position.
– Displayed inconsistency with his first touch but showed good work rate throughout.
– Missed another decent chance over the bar and failed to capitalize on opportunities.

Substitutes:

Haji Wright (HT, for O’Hare): 6
– Injected additional attacking threat into the team.
– Successfully converted a penalty to bring City back into the game.

Unused Substitutes:
– Brad Collins (GK)
– Liam Kitching
– Jake Bidwell
– Liam Kelly
– Fabio Tavares
– Matty Godden
– Dermi Lusala
– Kai Andrews

West Brom Lineup (4-2-3-1):
– Alex Palmer (GK)
– Darnell Furlong
– Cedric Kipre
– Erik Pieters
– Conor Townsend (substituted at 65 mins, replaced by Adam Reach)
– Okay Yokuslu (substituted at 69 mins, replaced by Nathaniel Chalobah)
– Alex Mowatt
– Tom Fellows (substituted at 80 mins, replaced by Kyle Bartley)
– Grady Diangana (substituted at 69 mins, replaced by Andi Weimann)
– Mikey Johnston (substituted at 65 mins, replaced by John Swift)
– Jed Wallace

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