Rob plays his part as Albion set new records on the road

Robert Sanchez was delighted to help Albion finish their travels with a record top-flight points haul in away games.

By Bruce Talbot • 16 May 2022

By Paul Hazlewood
Rob Sanchez pulled off a brilliant save to deny Mateusz Klich in the first half.

But Rob is now focusing on making sure Albion finish the Premier League season with a strong home performance against West Ham at the Amex on Sunday.

He played his part in Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Leeds United at Elland Road with some superb saves before the home side levelled Danny Welbeck’s first-half goal in the second minute of stoppage time.

It kept Albion fourth in the away table with 29 points from 19 games, although they could be overtaken by Spurs, Arsenal and Wolves if all three win their remaining away match. The club’s previous best away points haul in the top flight was 21 in the 1981-82 First Division season (5 wins 6 draws 10 defeats).


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“We have been great away from home all season, to only lose four games is amazing,” said Sanchez. “But Sunday is the last game and we have to be ready to give the fans a big performance against West Ham. That is now our focus.”

Graham Potter described Sanchez’s performance at Elland Road as ‘tremendous.’

“He will get better and better, because his quality is there for everyone to see. I thought he was tremendous on Sunday at one of the most hostile places in England. He is growing and growing all the time and the more experiences he gets he will improve. He made good decisions and has had a strong season.

By Paul Hazlewood
The 24-year-old has made 36 Premier League appearances so far this campaign.

We put some demands on him in terms of the amount of ball he has – but I think only [Liverpool goalkeeper] Alisson is ahead of him in terms of saves in the Premier League, and remember it’s his first season in front of crowds [in the top-tier].”

Sanchez played down his role against Leeds. “It was a disappointing goal, but we are happy with a point I made a lot of saves and I was ready for the moments when it mattered. In some games I’ve not busy so it was nice to help get a point for the team.”