With Valerien Ismael hoping to see his West Bromwich Albion side pick up their first win in three Championship games on Friday evening, he could not have seen his team get off to a worse start against Queens Park Rangers, with Andre Gray putting the visitors ahead in the first minute of the match.
However, as the game wore on, the Baggies began to assert their dominance, taking seven shots, completing 135 passes, boasting 54% possession of the ball and creating one big chance in the first half of the match – albeit without managing to find an equaliser.
It was a similar story in the second half, but with 15 minutes of the game left to play, QPR still held a 1-0 lead.
However, a 75th-minute equaliser by Karlan Grant finally brought Ismael’s side back on level terms, before the centre-forward went on to grab his second of the game with two minutes of regulation time left to play, sealing a last-gasp 2-1 victory at The Hawthorns.
While it was indeed the centre-forward’s brace which ultimately won the game for West Brom, it was undeniably the introduction of Callum Robinson as a second-half substitute which started to turn the tide for Albion.
Indeed, having been introduced to the game in the 54th minute, the Republic of Ireland international came on with his team once again struggling to break down their opposition down, a recurring theme for the Baggies in recent fixtures.
Despite a limited amount of time on the ball, Robinson nevertheless made two key passes, created one big chance and set up both of Grant’s goals, with his efforts seeing him earn a SofaScore match rating of 7.6 – the second-highest of any Albion player on the night.
As such, the man who Don Goodman dubbed a “first-class” player is largely to thank for Albion’s three points, as despite only featuring for a little over half an hour last night, the 26-year-old stole the show against QPR.