When Saido Berahino equalised for West Bromwich Albion against Liverpool on Saturday, Baggies fans will have been forgiven for thinking their outstanding recent run under Alan Irvine would continue.
Alas it was not to be, with Jordan Henderson scoring what proved to be the winning goal shortly after the hour-mark, but the visitors still had much to be proud of.
Cristian Gamboa made his first league start of the season on Saturday, and the World Cup star impressed throughout. He had a passing accuracy of 80 per cent, won three tackles, eight duels, one aerial duel and two interceptions. He also made nine effective clearances in total.
|Passing Accuracy||Won Tackle||Effective Clearance||Effective Head Clearance||Duel Won||Aerial Won||Interception Won||Mins Played|
The West Brom man's efforts may have ultimately been in vein on this occasion, but there is no doubt he showed Irvine that he deserves to start regularly from here on.
After the match we took to Twitter to see what West Brom's fans thought of Gamboa's performance, and below you can find a selection of what we found:
From wba point of view I'm happy we will survive no problem. Defence looks good. Gamboa needs to be first choice right back too. Boing Boing— Sir William Pearce (@Willburine) October 4, 2014
Gamboa has impressed me so far.— Adonis (@ace_adonyc) October 4, 2014
@JoleonLescott solid again well impressed with gamboa aswell— karl brookes (@karldbrookes) October 4, 2014
Gamboa has been brilliant for me so far, much more comfortable with him there than Wisdom— James Brandwood (@brandylad) October 4, 2014