Let’s hope that the EFL season opener was an indication of issues to come back for the remainder of the marketing campaign, as West Brom twice pegged again Bournemouth to safe a 2-2 draw on the south coast.
Bournemouth took a first-half lead by way of Emiliano Marcondes, earlier than Dara O’Shea’s header levelled issues up earlier than half-time.
Marcondes’ fellow Dane Phillip Billing made issues 2-1 simply after the break, however Valerien Ismael’s former Barnsley captain Alex Mowatt – who he purchased with him to West Brom – crossed for Callum Robinson to attain the equaliser.
Bournemouth’s Scott Parker and West Brom’s Ismael have been each taking cost of their first video games for his or her respective golf equipment, and so they have been each seemingly proud of a degree.
The followers flooded again into the Vitality Stadium on Friday night which, after months of empty stadiums, was a greater than welcome sight.
The 2 goalscorers for Bournemouth have been two of only some gamers within the squad to not have graduated from the Cherries’ academy – with 11 of Parker’s 18-man group produced by the membership.
Youngsters Jordan Zemura, Gavin Kilkenny, and Jaidon Anthony, who had solely made a mixed eight appearances for the membership earlier than tonight’s sport, all impressed underneath the lights.
Anthony received the help for Marcondes’ opener, with an outstanding cut-back to the brand new signing from Brentford.
Zefura additionally had a hand in a objective, as he crossed to Billing for his second-half strike, while additionally retaining West Brom’s key man Grady Diangana quiet on the different finish.
Kilkenny was the person that significantly impressed David Connolly, nevertheless, and the previous Championship striker advised talkSPORT that he was amazed by the Irishman’s maturity in midfield.
Connolly stated: “He took the ball down, span and performed a stunning ball excessive. Unbelievable.
“He can break issues up and he can play a go.
“He’s in there on his personal at instances as a result of Parker performs two central midfield gamers, nevertheless it’s solely actually him in there. Marcondes and Billing are extra superior midfielders.”
West Brom responded to Bournemouth’s opener by way of O’Shea header, because the Eire worldwide rose highest on the again submit and headed previous his countryman, Mark Travers.
While neither of the Baggies objectives got here straight from a throw-in or nook, Ismael’s aspect brought about downside after downside from set-pieces all through the sport.
Final season, Ismael’s Barnsley have been recognized for his or her physicality, and his West Brom aspect appears to be like to be no totally different this marketing campaign.
Connolly was bemused as to why Bournemouth saved giving the Midlanders the chance to hurl a ball into the field, as they struggled to maintain out the aerial menace of the Baggies.
“They’re not messing round West Brom. They’re joyful to place the ball within the field, even from deep positions,” stated Connolly.
“Anybody who noticed Barnsley underneath Ismael, they’ll know he was very direct. They’re not messing round.
“You’ve received to cease giving throws away. Instinctively, you place it out for a throw-in however it is advisable do higher. You might want to bear in mind it’s West Brom.
“Somewhat than booting it into the stand, have some composure and do extra with it.”
“They’re a pressure to be reckoned with after they go direct, West Brom.”