West Brom’s miserable form continued as they were knocked out of the FA Cup by League One outfit Blackpool on Saturday afternoon.
The home side led twice, leaving the Baggies having to come from behind to force the game into extra-time and then penalties, but Seasiders stopper Chris Maxwell denied three spot-kicks to embarrassingly send the Premier League giants out the competition.
It means Sam Allardyce was compounded to further woe at the Midlands club.
Although his Albion stars hardly did him any favours at Bloomfield Road, in fact, he was badly betrayed by several players who were handed a rare opportunity to start – just like Lee Peltier.
A lot of criticism came in for skipper Jake Livermore from fans on social media – one supporter claimed he was an “average Championship player, nothing more” whilst another suggested that the midfielder “offered nothing.”
But the figures showed otherwise as per SofaScore, the 31-year-old made 84% of his passes, put in two successful tackles and was one of just two visiting players to actually convert a spot-kick.
Indeed, Peltier was far worse having been initially deployed at right-back before being forced onto the other flank later in the second half.
It was only the fourth time he was trusted to start a match this season, and it’s now easy to see why as the 34-year-old veteran looked completely out of his depth.
Peltier lost the ball 26 times, more than any other Baggies player, and despite being heavily involved with 88 touches, failed to provide an accurate cross and made only two of 13 long balls, via SofaScore.
The former Cardiff ace could only make 66% of his 58 passing attempts too, which is hugely wasteful and rather shocking.
BirminghamLive’s Joseph Chapman graded him a 5/10, and said: “[He was] caught out of position as Blackpool attacked Albion down their right before the break and took the lead.”
Big Sam is surely going to think twice about starting the lightweight defender again in the future after that absolute betrayal of a performance.