The Baggies goalkeeper helped Slaven Bilic’s side claim a point against the Rams at Pride Park.
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:
@samjohnstone50 UNREAL BROTHER ❤️❤️❤️— Romaine Sawyers (@RomaineSawyers) 24 August 2019
And here is the keeper’s response:
Thanks my bro ❤️ https://t.co/7s0uxFjwdL— sam johnstone (@samjohnstone50) 24 August 2019
Up next for Albion is next Saturday’s Championship meeting with Blackburn Rovers at The Hawthorns.
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