With Valerien Ismael having seen his West Bromwich Albion side labour to a disappointing 1-1 draw in their last Championship outing, the Frenchman would have undoubtedly been hoping for the Baggies to quickly get back to winning ways against Derby County on Tuesday evening.
However, despite dominating possession of the ball – 64% to 36 % – taking a total of 25 shots, creating three big chances and completing 166 more passes than Wayne Rooney’s side, Albion failed to make the breakthrough against the Rams, with the fixture ending 0-0.
As such, while the 45-year-old’s side maintained their position at the top of the Championship table ahead of Wednesday night’s round of games, as well as kept their unbeaten record in the second tier intact, the point against Derby will very much be viewed as two dropped rather than one gained.
Furthermore, perhaps unsurprisingly considering the result, a number of Ismael’s attacking players failed to impress against the Rams, with Callum Robinson, Karlan Grant, Jordan Hugill and Matt Phillips all receiving a distinctly average SofaScore match rating of 6.8.
However, it will undoubtedly be Albion winger Grady Diangana most disappointed with his performance on Tuesday.
Indeed, over the 23-year-old’s 90 minutes on the pitch against Derby, the forward missed one big chance, failed with all three of his attempted dribbles and his one attempted long ball and found his man with just one of his four attempted crosses.
The £9m-rated man also gave away possession of the ball on 23 separate occasions, lost 73% of his duels, conceded two fouls and was dribbled past by an opponent once.
These returns saw the £36k-per-week winger earn a highly disappointing SofaScore match rating of 6.2 for his efforts, with no player from either side receiving a lower score than the former England U21 international.
As such, with West Brom’s upcoming clash against Preston North End this Saturday now appearing to be something of a must-win game for Ismael, in order to quell any doubts that may be starting to creep in about the Frenchman, it would seem highly unlikely the 45-year-old will stick with Diangana for the fixture, as the 23-year-old badly failed his manager’s trust on Tuesday.