West Brom were unable to score against a rejuvenated West Ham United, a brief recovery following their loss last weekend while the Hammers have now recorded two straight games without defeat. However, the real talking point came from Gareth Barry, who caused more editing in the history books.
The former Everton midfielder has now made a total of 600 Premier League appearances, which is more than any other player that has performed in England’s top tier of football.
The Englishmen also equalled Ryan Giggs’ record of most Premier League appearances. The Manchester United legend had held the benchmark at 632 matches, but now that is shared and will more than likely be beaten when West Brom take on Arsenal next weekend.
Unfortunately the dreary draw spoiled Barry’s moment, but the West Brom midfielder has always been a quiet achiever, and his performance played a similar role.
Gareth Barry vs West Ham United
- Goals: 0
- Shots: 1
- Passing acc: 79%
- Dispossessed: 1
- Take-ons: 100%
As you can see, it wasn’t the most breathtaking performance from Barry, but in saying that, Tony Pulis relies on the experience and reliability of someone like Barry. Basically, when he isn’t present West Brom miss him, regardless of his individual performance.
Gareth Barry in 2017-18
- Goals: 0
- Shots: 3
- Passing acc: 77%
- Dispossessed: 3
- Take-ons: 60%
Gareth Barry… what a guy! pic.twitter.com/33k1nwNras
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) September 16, 2017