Jose Izquierdo has added the word ‘bobble’ to his rapidly improving English vocabulary after revealing the unlucky bounce which might have denied him a goal for Albion’s hall of fame.

But the flying Colombian believes he has shown a live TV audience and about 30,000 at the Amex a bit more of what he can do.

Izquierdo brought back memories of Vicente as he charged through in the second half against Bournemouth.

In fact, he set off from much deeper than the ex-Valencia genius that night against Derby when he rattled the crossbar.

The Argus:

Remember this? Jose Izquierdo's run brought back memories of this Vicente classic 

Izquierdo picked up the ball just outside his own area and he knew he was about to leave Simon Francis for dead.

From about the halfway line, he was only going in one direction, despite the fact he had earlier set up two team-mates for goals.

And despite the fact Davy Propper was doing his utmost to stay alongside the pace man on the left.

But, with a glorious goal and a 3-1 lead beckoning, Izquierdo was swiftly closed down by Asmir Begovic.

The Cherries keeper, at fault when his side lost a lead at home to Everton on Saturday, was the saviour this time as he blocked the shot and kept his team in the contest.

Albion groundstaff worked hard to produce a decent surface after heavy rain and limited daylight.

They were back out there shining artificial sunlight on to the pitch as soon as possible after full-time.

But just one little uneven bounce, Izquierdo said, put him off his stride with glory beckoning.

The Argus:

Jose Izquierdo on the run against Bournemouth

He told The Argus: “I saw the keeper coming. When I was running with the ball and tried to shoot, the ball made a strange jump.

“When it made that jump - bobble? I don't know how you say it in English! - it went too far in front of me.

“The keeper closed my space and he saved. It’s one against one and he won.”

Hence some mixed feelings for a player who, on his recall, did great stuff going forward and tracking back on what was, he noted, his first ever game on New Year’s Day.

He said: “I’m happy on one side but on the other I feel bad.

“We had an important point at Newcastle and we had to confirm that at home. We had a good game. We started powerfully and scored a fast goal.

“They came back with a goal at a corner and the second half we again scored fast.

“I had a big opportunity to maybe kill the game but these things happen.

“In the end we conceded the goal to make a draw and it is disappointing for us to lose the points.”

The Argus:

Knockaert and Izquierdo after the opener

Izquierdo revealed how he used blind faith to set up Anthony Knockaert for the fifth-minute opener, based on an educated guess and a lot of work in training.

Asked if it was intended as a cross or shot, he said: “Really, really, I didn’t see him.

“But normally we train that always the wide player has to close in.

“I gave the ball without seeing him.

“But I heard the goal. I couldn’t see well but all the crowd started to jump.

“The second one, it was a pass from Pascal (Gross) and I saw Glenn (Murray) alone.”

He added: “It was the first time I had played on January 1 so it was something strange.

“It was something special and it was amazing to start the year like this.”


Albion have their earliest home goal of the season - by some distance.
Jose Izquierdo set up Anthony Knockaert for a fifth-minute breakthrough yesterday.
They had previously only netted twice in the first half at the Amex this season, both by Pascal Gross, in the 44th minute against Stoke and 45th versus West Brom.