Plenty of West Bromwich Albion fans were taking the positives from last Saturday’s Championship clash with Brentford at Griffin Park.
Back to back wins and a 100% victory record for caretaker head coach Jimmy Shan and there were also good positives from the overall performance as we’ve seen how Brentford have taken some sides apart in the 2018/19 campaign.
One huge positive of course was Academy graduate Kyle Edwards who made his maiden senior start in the game. With Shan relying on him for the match, the 21-year-old didn’t disappoint on the right side of attack and obviously, the standout moment came with his brilliant show of close control as he went on a mazy run in the 51st minute and put the ball into the back of the net.
His goal was what separated the sides come the fulltime whistle and ensured we took another three points as we continue to gun for promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
Sky Sports host Jeff Stelling was full of praise in their Soccer Saturday live coverage (16/3 – 5.47) where he said of the goal.
“This is the first ever league goal for Kyle Edwards and it’ll be a while before he scores a better one, 51 minutes on the clock, slaloming run, brilliant finish, well done son, absolutely fantastic.”
Difficult to disagree, isn’t it. Edwards certainly didn’t as he discussed the game with wba.co.uk as he admitted he felt it was the best of his short career so far.
“I think it has to be given the importance of the game. It’s a big goal and I’m proud of it. To be honest the ball came to me and I was going to shoot straight away but at the last minute I chopped inside, I was about to shoot again, I chopped again and I was falling over. I don’t know then, I managed to scuffle it over the line. It was a decent goal in the end.”