West Brom managed to rescue a point in their latest Championship outing yesterday as Adam Reach scored with virtually the last kick of the game to snatch a 2-2 draw against Bristol City.
The home side went ahead after 29 minutes through Nahki Wells before a penalty goal from Karlan Grant put the Baggies level with 69 minutes on the clock.
Former Aston Villa figure Andreas Weimann put Bristol ahead once again in the 85th minute after he assisted Wells’ goal in the first half, only for Reach to save a point for Steve Bruce’s side right at the death, leaving them unbeaten in their past four league games.
Aside from Reach and his dramatic late goal, one other figure in a West Brom shirt that was rather crucial for them on the day was midfielder Alex Mowatt.
With the full 90 minutes under his belt, the Englishman had 84 touches of the ball in total and managed to complete 52 of the 62 passes he attempted, with one cross, two long balls and one key pass.
The midfielder also managed to complete the one dribble he attempted, showing how useful he was on the ball for his side.
Also, and arguably, more importantly, the 27-year-old was rather effective off the ball as well by winning 71% of the duels he was involved in and winning five tackles, which is more than any other Baggies player managed to make on the day.
Birmingham Live also picked up on the work that the midfielder did to help the team from a defensive point of view by saying that he “helped at the back, deep into his own half to try and recover play during Bristol’s attack.”
This display ultimately earned the former Barnsley star an overall match rating of 7.2, making him the highest-rated player that started the game for the Midlands club according to SofaScore.
Having been labelled as a “massive” player for the Baggies earlier in the season by former West Brom and Barnsley manager Valerien Ismael, this is certainly what Mowatt was yesterday, especially when it came to making sure the home side didn’t score more goals than they did, making him a real hero for his current boss.