West Brom lifted the inaugural Regis Protect after over-powering Coventry Metropolis in a five-star show on the Hawthorns.
First half braces from dwelling debutant Harvey Barnes and Hal Robson-Kanu successfully ended a match performed in reminiscence of the late Cyrille Regis, who served each golf equipment with nice distinction.
Reice Allassini scored a magnificence on the stroke of half-time, however Jake Livermore restored Albion’s four-goal benefit early within the second interval.
Jordon Thompson diminished the arrears late on with a thumping header.
However the objective won’t have detracted from a completely dominant efficiency from the Baggies that Regis would have been happy with.
And a outcome that additionally sees Darren Moore’s troops enter the Championship marketing campaign in high quality fettle and on the again of an unbeaten pre-season.
Had little or no to busy himself. No probability on the objective. Couple of pretty routine stops second half. Obtained away with a fast throw that was inches from being dangerously intercepted.
Moved out to right-back for the primary time in pre-season and regarded very strong. Improves each week. Moore may do worse than supply him a deal.
Regarded a bit suspect. Overwhelmed far too simply by a straight move Clarke-Harris ought to have transformed. Gradual to shut down Allassani for his objective.
Couple of unfastened and hurried passes when he may have taken a contact. Improved and regarded comfy in a extra superior place to Bartley.
Up and down efficiency. Could possibly be extra decisive within the last third and play crosses just a little sooner. Assisted Livermore’s objective, a contact fortuitously, however appeared to change off second half when the sport had been gained.
Far too highly effective for Coventry’s central midfielders to deal with. Like a playground bully. Timed his run to perfection for the objective he completed ever so effectively.
Had a giant hand in Barnes’ first objective and caught to his defensive duties too. Patrolled the world in entrance of the again 4 when wanted.
Disguised move within the build-up to Barnes’ opener was definitely worth the admission price alone. His quarterback-style lengthy passes carried telescopic accuracy. Sensible show.
Regarded vigorous – even earlier than his rapid-fire brace. Unimaginable dwelling debut for the loanee whose cross for Robson-Kanu’s header was metronomic.
For all Albion’s superiority, Phillips was comparatively quiet.
Who anticipated Robson-Kanu to push himself to the top of the striker queue? Not very many. However after 5 objectives in pre-season, he is Albion’s kind ahead and arguably Moore’s first-choice striker.
Rodriguez (for Robson-Kanu, 70) 7 Regarded decided to make a distinction. Practically placed on a plate for Phillips.
Barry (for Gibbs, 70) 6.5 Supplied some metal in the midst of the park
Fitzwater (for Barnes, 76) 6.5 Slotted in properly by Bartley and picked up the fitting positions.
Wilson (for Cranie, 80) One other cameo for a teen very highly-rated.
Edwards (for Morrison, 80) Confirmed how assured he’s proper now by trying a cheeky lob after a subsequent change of passes.
Harper (for Livermore, 80) An actual athlete as proved by a darting break from midfield that compelled
Burke (for Phillips, 80) Confirmed a glimpse with one surging run down the fitting.
Subs not used:
Bond, Leko, Rondon.
Signing quantity 5
Darren Moore has made his fifth signing of the summer season with Conor Townsend becoming a member of from Scunthorpe United.
The 25-year-old defender, who has price the Baggies round £750,000, arrives on a three-year-deal and offers additional competitors for the left-back berth at the moment occupied by Kieran Gibbs.
Townsend will not function in at this time’s inaugural Regis Protect fixture towards Coventry Metropolis, however will meet up along with his new team-mates for coaching from Monday.
“That is one other good acquisition for us,” Moore mentioned.
“He is been on our radar for fairly some time and I am delighted we now have overwhelmed two different golf equipment to his signature.”
Townsend has adopted Sam Johnstone, Jonathan Bond, Kyle Bartley and Harvey Barnes by way of the door this summer season.
“As quickly as I knew the membership was eager about me it was all the time the place I needed to go,” Townsend mentioned.
WHAT ARE HIS STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES?
Albion followers can anticipate to see a flexible left-footer, who historically performs as a defender, however can operated in a extra attacking function if referred to as upon.
He contributed 4 objectives in League One final season as Scunthorpe made it to the play-off semi finals.
Not solely that however his crossing tends to be of a top quality and he prides himself on laying on assists for his team-mates.
Townsend owns a South American grill restaurant close to Hull – however he is extra prone to be feeding Salomon Rondon with crosses quite than meals, if the Venezuelan striker remains to be right here, in fact.
Those that watch Townsend repeatedly report that his athleticism and vitality is one other function of his recreation.
“He is a really succesful left again and is strong defensively, however he additionally likes to get ahead and his supply is superb,” mentioned Blanchard.
“He is technically superb, acquired a little bit of tempo and likewise chips in with a couple of objectives.
“He is really performed greater up the sphere for us on the left of a 3 in behind a lone striker and regarded simply as comfy.
“He is acquired a wand of a left foot and will probably be a large loss to Scunthorpe.
“Townsend is clearly a Championship defender and I’ve little question that he’ll do very well if given the prospect.”
WHAT DO THE SCUNTHORPE FANS THINK OF HIM?
Unsurprisingly he’s in style with the Iron trustworthy, having construct up a robust rapport with followers since arriving from Hull Metropolis on mortgage in 2015 and completely in 2016.
Supporters had been impressed by his character and willpower and had been perplexed when he was neglected of the staff in favour of a makeshift alternative for a spell final season.
Regardless of that spell on the bench he made 36 league and cup appearances for Scunny in 2017-18 and 32 the season earlier than.
Blanchard mentioned: “Townsend is actually effectively appreciated by the followers.
“We had been all bemused final season when ex boss Graham Alexander left him on the bench to accommodate our greatest central defender Murray Wallace, at left again.
“He deserves his transfer to the Championship as he all the time gave 100% in a Scunthorpe shirt and can go together with our best needs.
“He has a fantastic angle and is a extremely likeable participant.
“Regardless of falling out of favour with Alexander final 12 months, he gained again the shirt and put in a string of spectacular performances in the direction of the tip of final 12 months underneath Alexander’s successor Nick Daws.”