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West Brom: Adam Reach stars in season finale against Barnsley

West Bromwich Albion concluded what has been a thoroughly disappointing Championship campaign with an emphatic 4-0 victory over already-relegated Barnsley at The Hawthorns this afternoon.

A Karlan Grant penalty kicked off proceedings and Adam Reach doubled the Baggies’ lead before half-time, with a second-half effort from Matt Clarke and top-scorer Grant’s 18th goal of the campaign completing the rout.

The victory secured a 10th-placed finish for Steve Bruce’s side, having been relegated from the Premier League last year. However, it is the West Midlands side’s lowest league placing for more than two decades.

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It was an excellent way to close out a poor season, with Reach’s heroics particularly pleasing for Albion supporters.

Reach stole the show

The Englishman’s first season at The Hawthorns has mirrored West Brom’s in the sense that, on the whole, it has been below par after his move from Sheffield Wednesday last term.

Today saw the 29-year-old score just his second goal of the campaign, having netted his first in March against Bristol City. However, it was an excellent performance to close out the season ahead of what he will hope will be a better campaign personally next year.

Alongside the goal, Reach made an impressive 74 touches whilst completing 40 of his 50 attempted passes for an 80% accuracy return. Moreover, the winger managed two shots on target, including the one which ended up in the Barnsley net, and he provided three key passes for his Baggies team-mates in an 8.1/10 rated performance.

There was also a solid defensive contribution from the 29-year-old, with three interceptions and one tackle.

Having scored five league goals in a relegated Sheffield Wednesday side last term, scoring two for a team with the quality of West Brom will be a serious disappointment for the wide midfielder.

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Moreover, whilst at Hillsborough, Reach was the subject of praise from former interim manager Lee Bullen, who claimed that the player “works so hard”.

However, with manager Bruce set to stay on at The Hawthorns, today’s performance from the 29-year-old will hopefully act as a strong audition for a more regular place in the Albion team next term.

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