It wasn’t a great night for West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday evening as we pretty comprehensively crashed out of this year’s EFL Cup at the hands of Crystal Palace who took a 3-0 defeat on the night.
36-year-old former Norwich City and Republic of Ireland international Wes Hoolahan was handed his first start for the club following his arrival at The Hawthorns the other week, and having already made two substitute appearances, he more than took his opportunity to impress the fans and show that there’s plenty of life left in his legs despite his age.
Following his 90 minute showing in the loss, a number of fans took to social media as is the done thing these days to rave about his performance as in the eyes of many he was one of few to actually turn up.
Besides Morrison and Hoolahan there was pretty much no point us even turning up #wba
— Jon Pratt (@JonathanPratt_) September 25, 2018
Defence shaky. Mozza and Hoolahan class. Get Burke and/or Gayle on and we might actually score #wba
— Ryan (@ryannwbafc) September 25, 2018
Very encouraging signs of link up play between Barry Mozza & Hoolahan in that 1st half. Valuable minutes under their belts as well for all of them.
— Bobby Sond (@bsond2015) September 25, 2018
While Hoolahan and Morrison are amingst our better performers, it is the fact that they are playing together that is making us so toothless. No forwars runs once the ball gets to them. One needs to be pushed deeper to allow for a Burke/Edwards/Leko to come on.
— John Francis (@JohnFrancisBC) September 25, 2018
Halftime: WBA 0 Crystal Palace 1 Early goal from Palace and the better side in the first half. Mozza, Hoolahan and Hegazi looking good and sloppy passing and clearance in the back. #COYB
— West Bromwich USA (@WBAUSA) September 25, 2018
The pick of the bunch so far for Albion tonight are the old boys. Mozza, Barry, Hoolahan and Myhill.
— Dave Neale???????????????????????????? (@baggiedave70) September 25, 2018
Rate Wes a lot.
— P.M@Geordiebaggie (@Geordiebaggie) September 25, 2018
Hoolihan actually looks neat and tidy and Mears can’t be worse than nyom
— Jon Weaver (@weavo910) September 25, 2018
With the youthful element of the squad causing plenty of ructions given our actual starting XI at least Hoolahan was a positive fans could take from the game, as there were few others.