Date: 2nd January 2020 at 8:00pm
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Early injuries in games are a sure-fire way to scrap up the tactics for a game, and for West Brom, they had to do just this as Kieran Gibbs was forced off the pitch just 18 minutes in due to injury, with Conor Townsend coming on for the injured left-back.

The club’s second-choice left-back has often been a player criticised by supporters for his lacklustre performances and often silly mistakes in bad areas of the pitch, but tonight was different for Townsend as the 26-year-old defender performed well against a dangerous Leeds United side that have proven to be West Brom’s title rivals this campaign.

The fullback did well against Leeds’ potent attack, being awarded a 5/10 rating from The Birmingham Mail for his performance as well as winning praise from supporters on social media.

Here’s what some West Brom fans had to say on Twitter about Townsend’s performance against Leeds…

The 1-1 result meant that Leeds remain top of the Championship table in the first week of 2020 on goal difference alone.

 

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