June 15, 2024

Saturday should have been remembered for a thrilling and breathless away match that had it all.Sadly, though, it will be remembered as just another nightmare for an Albion striker who doesn’t have any luck on his side.

Something was clearly awry when the unfortunate Daryl Dike stayed down on the Portman Road ground close to the opposition fans who were positioned high over the far side. There was no major incident or poor challenge. All very sinister, very much like Stoke in April of last year.

Daryl Dike sidelined six-to-nine months following ruptured Achilles tendon  - SBI Soccer

Quickly he slumped on his backside, looking hopeless and crestfallen.

Even though he was far away from the press box, you could still see his head down. Dike was aware.

He would have remembered how it felt in the Potteries last spring, in his Achilles. At full time, he verified this to the distraught manager Carlos Corberan, following his forced removal from the Ipswich pitch in a golf buggy that he used as a makeshift stretcher-bearer.

The American international was crying, his face masked. This script is not new to us.

The Baggies came agonizingly close to a key win on the road at the home of a promotion rival through Tom Fellows and John Swift goals but for Omari Hutchinson’s 93rd-minute equaliser.

Corberan’s men suffered personnel issues at Portman Road, firstly in the shape of centre-back Bartley, who had enjoyed an excellent first period, but was forced off at the break by a calf complaint.

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