West Brom fans haven’t had much to cheer about in the last week, but they were ringing the praises of Salomon Rondon after the striker netted a wonder strike in a losing effort against Southampton.
With the ball coming across his body on the edge of the box, the Venezuelan international used the outside of his boot to send the ball flying past the Southampton keeper to halve the deficit midway through the second half.
The Baggies still fell to defeat against the Saints, and Alan Pardew is expected to have two games to save his job after a nightmare week for the club in which four senior players were questioned by police over the theft of a taxi in Barcelona.
Boaz Myhill, Gareth Barry, Jake Livermore and Jonny Evans were all interviewed by Spanish police after they allegedly drove a taxi back to their hotel without its driver on Thursday night.
West Brom fans were scathing of yet another disappointing performance from their side, but reserved praise for Rondon. Along with a select few of his teammates, Rondon was hailed for the spirit he showed in the cup tie…
— Paul Cooper ⚽️ (@Piggycoops) February 18, 2018
— Alfie Bates (@Ajbates04) February 18, 2018
#wba Rondon’s goal was a thing of beauty yesterday
— Mr Jackson to you (@jaksoi67) February 18, 2018
I think it's the old dead wood who have the most heart and love for the club and for all the negativity people have about McLean and Rondon I don't believe they aren't gonna go down without a fight, truly fighting for us, only my view #WBA
— Sean Hurley (@sh1471) February 18, 2018
I’ve been critical of McLean this season but he in particular, along with Rondon, Heg and Gregg, played with heart, character and the urgency expected. They showed they care. Philips needs to be dropped against Huddersfield, Barry should never play for the club again #wba
— Neil Commander (@Yo_Commander) February 18, 2018