Some West Brom fans on social media have been gushing over the performance of Kyle Bartley against Wolves.
Bartley’s centre-back partner may get all of the headlines for his goalscoring antics, but Bartley’s defensive output played just as vital a role in West Brom winning the Black Country derby.
The one moment that standouts above all others was his late block from a long-range shot that seemed goalbound, but it was just an incredible 90 minutes from the former Swansea City man.
Bartley managed to grab an assist for Ajayi’s goal as well, but it was definitely his defensive stats that stand out.
The 29-year-old was quick to snuff out any danger that Wolves posed, making a mammoth eight clearances, while he also blocked four shots, and if any of those had made it past him we may have been talking about a very different result.
Sam Allardyce’s teams are often built on defensive solidity and workrate, and Bartley certainly showed he’s suited to that style with his performance today.
As you can imagine, fans were waxing lyrical over the centre-back.
Here’s what the Baggies fanbase have been saying on social media…
Bartley was a rock at the back. Snodgrass looks like he’s been playing here for ten years
— Josh (@josh_futba) January 16, 2021
Kyle Bartley, Warrior, leader will go down in BCD folk law for me today #wba
— Andy Warner (@warnerchief) January 16, 2021
— DG (@Grovesy8) January 16, 2021
Shout out to Bartley you was a monster today.
— ⚡️ Ryan Hill ⚡️ (@HillLad) January 16, 2021
A mention to Kyle Bartley. What a performance. Blocked absolutely everything in the second half and out a proper shift in. Great performance 👏🏻 #wba
— JT (@JohnTur01) January 16, 2021
Bartley was an absolute mountain in that second half. One of the best halves I’ve ever seen from an Albion CB and what an occasion for it. Stuff of legends right there!
— Matt (@ByeByeLai) January 16, 2021
Bartley appreciation tweet. He’s not from this area but you could tell how much he wanted it today. Played like he bled blue and white. One of the many man of the matches today #WBA
— j o e (@ftbl_joey) January 16, 2021
Bartley was an absolute soldier today
— Joshua Wood (@JoshuaWood50) January 16, 2021