Life as a second-choice goalkeeper can often be seen as one of the loneliest jobs in football, yet when called upon, the majority of reserves put in a good shift, and Jonathan Bond is no exception.
— Jonathan Bond (@bondy506) January 5, 2020
The 26-year-old keeper made only his second start of the season as stats from WhoScored show with Bond replacing Sam Johnstone between the sticks for West Brom’s FA Cup trip to Charlton Athletic, and the former Reading shot-stopper put on a good showcase for himself against the Championship side, keeping a clean sheet and looking confident whenever called upon.
Should West Brom make the FA Cup a priority?
Yes, a Cup run is always good
No, we have to focus on promotion
Bond’s performance was a solid one, and West Brom supporters on social media were quick to jump on the praise train by lavishing the Baggies no.2 goalkeeper with positive words after his impressive outing against the Addicks.
Here’s what some West Brom fans had to say about Bond’s performance on Twitter…
Yes bondy! Massive thumbs up to yourself from the away end! I thought you had a cracking game
— nathan arries (@arries_nathan) January 5, 2020
Well done Jono didn’t have much to do but still stayed focused when was needed
— Albion till I die (@ElliotFlannaga1) January 6, 2020
Deserve a chance in the first team 100%
— Mellors (@mellorswba) January 5, 2020
Superb, gotta be played more, with both you and Johnstone between the sticks, our goal is safe.
— CamIsABaggie (@CamIsABaggie) January 6, 2020
No 1 for me Bondy. Keep it going – chances will come.
— S (@Nomisegg) January 6, 2020
Well played! ⚽️👍🏻
— Hannah Pritchard (@Hannahp62227940) January 5, 2020
With Johnstone the clear no. 1 under Slaven Bilic, Bond’s next chance for West Brom will likely come in the next round of the FA Cup.