One of the most uncommon sights in football! is how to describe Semi Ajayi getting sent off on Saturday in the FA Cup fourth round match against West Ham United at the London Stadium.
Ajayi was sent off late on (72′) in the game following a second booking, but with a man less, the visitors held on to their 1-0 lead to win.
The Center Half entered the Referees book in the first 45 minutes in what was a feisty affair, with a combined 17 fouls committed by both sides.
Making only his first Cup appearance for the Baggies this season, the Nigerian could only wish for a different turn of events.
It was his first sending off in a competitive football since 2012, after he left Charlton Athletic to pursue a pro career.
The 26 year-old has not made any statement since the game, but Manager Slaven Bilic praised his side’s performance, particularly after going a man down.
I can’t be any more proud, I can’t be prouder they’ve done everything. It was a complete performance. It was great defending when needed especially when we went one man down.
First half the way we passed the ball and what sums it all up is that the half time I came and said the only thing am not happy about is the result, and we were winning one nil, but it could have been more.
But we believe we wanted to come here on a front foot, we wanted not just to enjoy it, we wanted to go through to have a proper game, but also to enjoy it and that’s what we’ve done.
And so, a great performance from the lads to be fair.
“It was a complete performance. I can’t be prouder of the players.”
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) January 25, 2020
Meanwhile, West Brom progressed in the FA Cup and will await their fifth round opponent when the draw is conducted on Monday.