GARETH BARRY’S BRILLIANT DEBUT AT WEST BROM

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Gareth Barry shock move to West Bromwich Albion has started yielding fruits after his decent debut against Burnley.


West Brom saw off Sean Dyche’s men by 1-0 courtesy of Hal Robson-Kanu’s goal but the striker picked up a red card that put pressure on the team.

In the second half, Burnley pushed for an equalizer at least so Tony Pulis and his men had to defend strongly to earn all three points. The 36-year old veteran Barry was crucial as The Albionskept hold of their sole advantage to continue their strong start to the new season.Pulis praised Barry for his display in the game.

“Burnley put us under enormous pressure in the second half, especially when Hal left the pitch. They really tested us and the players responded. As the game got more difficult there was a fella playing in the middle of the pitch who actually got better. Gareth Barry was absolutely fantastic for the last 20 minutes,” the manager opined.

The player could not make passes; in fact he made just 15 on that day. He could not distribute the ball as Burnley pressured to get an equalizer. The England international with 53 caps adapted quickly to the new demands of the game. The player has the experience, having played for Manchester City and Everton before moving to join Pulis.

Pundit Jamie Carragher also praised the efforts of the player. He said Barry was “more than just a good left foot.” He said Barry played a holding role, breaking the attacks of the opponents and adding the required experience to the West Bromteam. His ten clearances were important as West Bromcrusied to victory.

Barry is set to break Ryan Giggs’ Premier League appearance record of 632 games. West Brom host Stoke City next where Barry would make his own debut and move three games away from Giggs’ record.