Romaine Sawyers praises West Brom teammate Sam Johnstone after penalty heroics at Derby

Romaine Sawyers of West Bromwich Albion during the Carabao Cup First Round match between West Bromwich Albion and Millwall at The Hawthorns on August 13, 2019 in West Bromwich, England.

The Baggies goalkeeper helped Slaven Bilic's side claim a point against the Rams at Pride Park.

Romaine Sawyers (19) of West Bromwich Albion during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and West Bromwich Albion at the City Ground, Nottingham on Saturday 3rd August...

West Bromwich Albion midfielder Romaine Sawyers has taken to Twitter to praise the Baggies goalkeeper Sam Johnstone for his penalty-saving performance in the 1-1 draw away at Derby County in Saturday's early Championship kickoff.

In a game featuring three spot kicks and the sending off of West Brom manager Slaven Bilic, the Rams opened the scoring at Pride Park through Martyn Waghorn's early penalty after the striker was brought down by Kieran Gibbs.

 

Phillip Cocu's side could have doubled their lead just before half time in the same manner, referee Gavin Ward making the decision after Filip Krovinovic was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box, but Johnstone dived to his left and kept Waghorn's effort out.

The West Brom stopper's feat would help his side to a point because, just six minutes from time, the Baggies given a penalty of their own when Max Lowe fouled Matheus Pereira in the box, and Kenneth Zohore sent Kelle Roos the wrong way from the spot.

Here is the message Sawyers sent to Johnstone - who also saved from open play against Waghorn and Jack Marriott - after the game:

And here is the keeper's response:

Up next for Albion is next Saturday's Championship meeting with Blackburn Rovers at The Hawthorns.

General View of The Hawthorns before the match between West Bromwich Albion and Wigan Athletic at The Hawthorns on December 26, 2018 in West Bromwich, England.

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