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Strange selections and a defensive dilemma – the West Brom talking points after a draw with Blackburn Rovers

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West Brom were denied a return to winning ways by a wonder strike from Blackburn’s Harrison Reed, according to report.

Reed cancelled out Craig Dawson’s first-half header with a sumptuous effort Sam Johnstone stood no chance of stopping.

While the result was frustrating, it did at least stop the rot of back-to-back defeats to Wigan and Derby. Our Albion writer Paul Suart picks out five findings from the Hawthorns stalemate.

Morrison impact:

Eleven years on, and James Morrison is still going strong.  On only his second league start of the season, Mozza made a big difference.

His influence was to add energy in midfield. His accurate range of passing helped Albion to play out from deep positions, as is Moore’s want, and to retain possession for longer.

Says a lot that Blackburn began to enjoy more control when Morrison tired.

Mowbray’s understated return:

Given all he did for the club and his gushing comments about the Baggies in the build-up, you might have expected some form of ‘and returning to the Hawthorns’ introduction from the stadium announcer.

And maybe one or two songs from the Smethwick about Moggy, who brought a beautiful brand of swashbuckling football to this part of the Midlands.

But there was next to no acknowledgement of Tony Mowbray’s first managerial return to Albion HQ since leaving in 2009.

The legacy of Mowbray’s reign lives on today with Morrison and Chris Brunt, players he signed in 2007, finishing the match side by side in midfield.

Dack attack:

The portly playmaker, who West Brom made a deadline day approach for showed off some nice little touches. None more than when a neat turn took him away from Dawson before slipping a ball into Joe Rothwell who shot straight at Johnstone.

Went very close with a whipped free-kick midway through the second half. He thought he’d scored. So did most of the crowd.

The 24-year-old went close again moments later, but his team got their breakthrough in the end.

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Ban for Bartley:

Darren Moore will need to make a change in defence for next weekend’s trip to Hull City. Kyle Bartley is set to miss that match after collecting a fifth booking of the campaign against Blackburn.

Given Ahmed Hegazi is currently out with a hamstring injury, Moore might have to play someone out of position if he is to persist with three central defenders.

Gareth Barry would be an obvious candidate, but he’s also out injured at present.

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A slap in the face for some?

Moore heaped praise on Sam Field after the defeat to Derby, hailing his performance “very good” and “mature”. Yet Field was asked to make way for Jake Livermore, who was back after his one-match ban.

And with Dwight Gayle injured, Hal Robson-Kanu must have thought he was next in line to partner Jay Rodriguez up front.

Instead, Moore opted to hand Bakary Sako a debut from the start. A player without a competitive appearance since January.

Not until three minutes from time, when Albion looked to make their extra man count, was Robson-Kanu called upon.

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