North End’s losing run continued on Saturday afternoon, falling to a 4-1 defeat away at West Bromwich Albion.
After losing to Reading, Sheffield United and Leeds United, North End need a response on Gentry Day. Sadly, it was one of the worst performances of 2019.
Dwight Gayle bagged a first half brace, and Jay Rodriguez made it 3-0 before the break. Gayle completed his hat-trick in the second half, before Callum Robinson pulled back a consolation for North End.
With four defeats in a row, the playoffs have now long gone. Thankfully, the speculation surrounding Alex Neil’s future, which permeated Saturday’s game, has now ended.
All the news of Neil’s new contract means there hasn’t been much actual reaction to Saturday’s game. Unsurprisingly, most of the reaction has been hugely negative, after what was a dreadful showing.
However, midfielder Ryan Ledson was one of the few shining lights. With Ben Pearson suspended yet again, Ledson has been given another chance to prove himself to Neil.
It’s been somewhat frustrating for Ledson and the fans that his runs in the side have only come with Pearson out. That’s largely what he was bought for, but even when impressing, he’s been dropped as soon as Pearson has returned.
They did play together against Sheffield United, a game which Ledson again looked promising. On Saturday, he seemed to impress the North End fans who travelled to The Hawthorns.
Fans took to Twitter to suggest that Ledson was North End’s leading performer and gave his best showing so far, with others praising his commitment to tackles and backing him for a bright future.
Ledson doesn’t hold back in those 50-50s 🤣
Love it #pnefc
— Matty (@mattyg295) April 13, 2019
As bad as we were today, thought Ledson had a good game again. Rafferty has got to come in on Friday at left back in place of Earl. He’s costing us at least a goal every game. Moult deserves a start as well. Should’ve come on ahead of Maguire today.
— Al Shutts (@shutsy02) April 13, 2019
Thought it was Ledson best performance today. He was the only one with a bit of urgency and desire from starts to finish
— Al Mahon (@almahon2002) April 13, 2019
Positives from today:
Ryan ledson. Superb.
Lukas nmecha. Same.
A goal for robbo.
The gentry outsung 22,000+ baggies all game.
The photographer falling on his ass at the front.
Shipping 4 goals.
Alex neil basically confirms he's off. #pnefc
— Andy Nichol (@andy_nichol) April 13, 2019
Ledson was our best player on the pitch imo and I don't know how the ball went passed Robbo when he slid in from a Nmecha cross. Agree with everything you say methinks
— tomcooooooooo (@cowey26) April 14, 2019
Ledson was outstanding yesterday if there was any good to come out of that game #pnefc
— Shaun Thompson (@shaunpne) April 14, 2019