West Brom manager Sam Allardyce said his team successfully exposed Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy’s ‘rash’ nature in their 5-2 win at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Targeting a goalkeeper with second-most clean sheets in the Premier League was a very bold move, but fair play to West Brom, they made it work.
Mendy has made crucial saves, thanks to his impressive reflex, but there have also been moments where he made questionable decisions.
The 1-0 loss to Everton back in December was an example where he conceded a penalty after he brought down Dominic Calver-Lewin inside the box.
This, according to Allardyce, is something that West Brom were looking to exploit on Saturday.
“Letting them play out from the back for the goalkeeper would be a mistake,” the West Brom boss told talkSPORT.
“The press worked very, very well and there is something with their goalkeeper, who can be rash, he can rush out.
“If you saw the first goal we scored, he [Mendy] came dashing to the edge of his box and didn’t get anywhere near.
“We felt every time we went back to the goal and we put him under pressure that gave us good opportunities.
“Obviously you could say the sending off helped, playing against ten men, but you’ve got to beat what’s still a very good side.”
Aside from having a hard time dealing with West Brom’s high pressing, the 29-year-old must have been disappointed with his performance overall.
He only made one save and conceded five of the seven shots on target he faced in that game.
However, as mentioned earlier, Mendy has kept the second-most clean sheets in the league (14), and according to Ben Chilwell, his teammates completely trust him.
It would be unfair to point the finger at the Senegal international when the defensive line in front of him did not provide much protection.