Albion had to settle for a draw at home to Crystal Palace.

It could have been worse, given Palace led until late.

But, on the balance of play, it could have been so much better.

We asked four long-time fans for their thoughts on the game – and how they were feeling at full-time.

1. What were your thoughts on Albion’s performance versus Crystal Palace?

James Heasman: I felt we played fairly well, but a lack of presence in the penalty area ensured that our dominance wasn’t made to tell. Gross, Veltman and Lamptey all put dangerous crosses into the area, but we didn’t attack the ball. I was surprised to see Gross back on penalties as both Mac Allister and Trossard have recently taken them and both scored.

Colin Beales: We grew into the game and dominated from about the half-hour mark until the end. Missing the penalty was key in the game as we know Palace can score from their only real chance of a game and did so again. Thankfully the never say die attitude continues to flow at the Amex.

Alan Brownings: Will take the draw. But without Dunk on the pitch, no passion, no get in their face mentality and no comprehension of the importance of the game! Missed Bissouma and we lost the game in midfield, we didn’t seem to win the first ball or second ball all night. If you’re playing your fiercest rivals and you get a penalty, if you take it down the middle, you don’t hit it with the pace of a snail. If the people paid to put the ball in the net aren’t brave enough to take the penalty then they shouldn’t be on the pitch.

Tim Ayling: Excellent all-round performance just lacking the killer instinct at the end. We passed it well, kept the intensity up and deserved more. At times the pace of the pass could have been quicker as we often let Palace settle back into their shape, but that’s being picky.

2. Who was your pick of the Albion players?

James Heasman: Very difficult. All the players were above average, without playing spectacularly. I think Lallana probably shaded it from Dan Burn for me.

Colin Beales: Marc Cucurella was brilliant down the left again. What a great signing he’s been.

Alan Brownings: I seem to remember saying well done Dan Burn on a number of occasions, defended stoutly and got a foot at key times on several occasions.


Tim Ayling: Burn was excellent again, he’s having a great season. Lallana ran the game in the first half, and Moder stood up, especially when Lallana went off. I thought Mac Allister was quietly effective too, again he stood up when Lallana went off. He’s very good in that deeper role.

3. It could have been worse - and better - so describe your emotions as the game ended 1-1.

James Heasman: I was relieved we got a point and the team showed great character in coming back, but both Trossard and Moder missed relatively easy chances so it was disappointing we didn’t take all three.

Colin Beales: Obviously delighted not to gift them three points, but was a little downhearted for not getting all the spoils. On reflection over both the games they were better at Selhurst, we were better on Friday so it probably worked out right.

Alan Brownings: it probably doesn’t sound like it but I’m happy in the end, happy not to have lost it, but still disappointed with the lack of passion and willingness to get stuck into them. Palace pretty much walked the ball through us for the opening goal.

Tim Ayling: I think a sense of relief that Palace hadn’t completely robbed us at The Amex a second time. I read that Palace have scored with their last four shots on target at The Amex, which sums it up for me. Shame we couldn’t win and send the dimwits throwing flares around back home with nothing.