‘I can hear them, I don’t know whether outfield players can!’: Goalkeeper Sam Johnstone reveals the perk of playing in empty stadiums… he can hear live commentary of West Brom’s goals!
- West Brom take on a struggling Burnley at the Hawthorns on Monday evening
- Goalkeeper Sam Johnstone revealed he can hear the words of commentators
- The West Brom No 1 recalled hearing comments in the 3-3 draw to Chelsea
West Brom’s Sam Johnstone will be able to hear live commentary of Monday’s game against Burnley from his goal.
Johnstone reveals the strangest side-effect of playing in empty stadiums is being able to listen to broadcasters describing how the game is going – particularly when West Brom are in the opposition half.
‘I can hear the commentators, I don’t know whether the outfield players can. They are running around,’ says the Albion No 1. ‘It’s more when we are on the attack or if we score because I’m on my own.’
Sam Johnstone explained how he can hear live commentary playing inside empty stadiums
‘When we went 3-0 up against Chelsea, that wasn’t something the commentators expected. I could hear the reaction, “that’s another one gone in” and stuff like that.’
Johnstone will be hoping for more of the same from his live audio ‘feed’ against Burnley at The Hawthorns because it’ll mean West Brom are dominating.
West Brom have shown they are a threat going forward – scoring five against Chelsea and Everton – but have also been suspect defensively.
The West Brom No 1, who is in action on Monday, revealed quirk of playing in empty stadiums
Johnstone, who started his career at Manchester United, became the first Premier League goalkeeper to concede 11 goals in the opening three matches and conceded twice more in their fourth game at Southampton.
Manager Slaven Bilic will be tempted to bring in experienced defenders Branislav Ivanovic and Ahmed Hegazi against Burnley and Johnstone has called upon the whole team to be harder to break down.
‘We need to be more solid, there is no question about that,’ says the 27-year-old. ‘Not just me and the back four, as one team unit.
Johnstone can hear the live commentary of his side’s goals with no fans to drown it all out
‘It’s not nice to concede but we are in the Premier League. We are playing against the best players in the world every week. It is tough and we have just come up, it is a massive difference for the whole squad.’
Albion’s only point so far was collected against Chelsea when they surrendered their convincing lead.
But Bilic was buoyed by the signing last week of £15million long-term target Karlan Grant from Huddersfield.