West Bromwich Albion had a game to forget today against Cardiff City at the Hawthorns, with an explosive ending to the clash when the final whistle prompted chaos from the bench, as Valerien Ismael ran onto the pitch to criticise a decision made on a penalty shout in the last moments.
Ismael’s furious reaction to the referee’s decision not to give a penalty in favour of the home side, ensued chaos on the pitch as both West Brom and Cardiff City players engaged in a brawl, that saw Sam Johnstone and Aden Flint receive red cards.
Newly returned Alex Mowatt was handed a straight red card earlier in the encounter after a challenge on Will Vaulks that put Albion down to ten men in the 76th minute, but the side were able to hold Cardiff City to a 1-1 draw, thanks to an early second half goal from Callum Robinson.
One player who had a shocking performance for the Baggies was 18-year-old, Tom Fellows, who failed to make a positive impact on the team during his time in his attacking position today.
According to SofaScore, Fellows lost 75% of his duels and only touched the ball 15 times during his entire 65 minutes on the pitch which was almost five times less than his attacking partner Karlan Grant.
The young forward would have been attempting to emulate the fantastic impression his fellow youth academy starter Taylor Gardner-Hickman has had during his opportunities in the first team.
However, Fellows failed to get going in the game and failed to cause any kind of attacking threat with 0 shots on or off target, and 0 key passes, clearly failing to impress the manager who took him off the pitch 20 minutes into the second half.
The Baggies have now failed to register a win in their last three games, and are losing traction on their grasp for a promotion spot as they miss yet another opportunity to close the gap with Blackburn Rovers, Fulham and Bournemouth, with Fulham in particular still holding two games in hand after having their fixtures postponed.
Ismael will now be without his goalkeeper and a midfielder for three games thanks to their red cards and will need to take a closer look at the problems this West Brom side seem to be having this season, with the opportunity to look to the transfer window for improvement in their pursuit for promotion.