Albion’s Emirates FA Cup journey came to an end on Saturday, as Sheffield Wednesday progressed to the next round courtesy of Adam Reach’s deflected free-kick.
1. David Button proves to be a safe pair of hands
We last saw Button between the sticks in our Carabao Cup defeat to Aston Villa within the latter weeks of September, but despite a lengthy spell on the side-lines, the shot-stopper provided a solid performance at the Amex.
He was called into action just moments before half-time as an effort from distance, which was destined for the top corner, was plucked out of the air by the 30-year-old. This stellar save was appreciated by the Albion support with the scores remaining level at the break.
He put in a solid performance throughout, with only Reach’s deflected free-kick surpassing the Albion goalkeeper.
2. Steven Alzate: The beating heart of the Albion midfield
The 21-year-old displayed an air of maturity beyond his years, as the Colombian international commanded and controlled Albion’s midfield. He operated within a more attacking role, during the early periods of the game and acted as a creative output for the team.
He made space for attack-minded individuals such as Aaron Connolly, and dropped into a deeper role alongside Dale Stephens. We saw him initiate attacks and regain possession on many occasions.
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3. Shane Duffy’s eye for goal
The Albion man of the match would have found the back of the net for the Seagulls if it wasn’t for a save from Sheffield Wednesday’s number one, Cameron Dawson.
Although Duffy throws his body on the line when it comes to defending, it’s encouraging to see that the Republic of Ireland international is willing to offer a helping hand in attack. Furthermore, within the closing moments of the game, in search of a winner, Duffy could be found alongside the likes of Connolly and Neal Maupay to offer his aerial support.
4. Alireza Jahanbakhsh came close with a trademark acrobatic strike
The Iranian midfielder has certainly entered the New Year with an air of confidence, as he came close to finding his third goal in as many games. The Albion man made a name for himself with his overhead kick against Chelsea on New Year’s Day, and he came close to repeating his acrobatic effort just a matter of days later.
5 . Albion support in fantastic voice
Despite chasing an equaliser for 25 minutes, the Albion fans remained as loud and as supportive as ever. Despite it not being the Albion’s day, the support is always appreciated and spurs the players on up until the dying moments. Next, it’s Premier League action for the Albion as we travel to Goodison Park to take on Everton.