FORWARD Adam Armstrong scored twice in front of a joyous St Mary's crowd to ensure Southampton's passage to Wembley on Friday evening.

The Geordie forward's brace helped Saints beat West Brom 3-1 to book their place in the Championship playoff final against West Brom.

Here is how we rated every Southampton player's performance on the night...

Alex McCarthy - 7.

Produced some important saves to keep West Brom at bay. Looked solid with the ball at his feet. Did spill a high ball but pounded on it before someone could turn it in. Lost his clean sheet in the dying moments of the game. 

Kyle Walker-Peters - 7.

Had an early shot blocked as Saints came flying out of the gates. Made an important tackle moments later to block behind for a corner. Drilled wide moments before the opening goal. Was the most fouled player in the game (two).

Daily Echo: Southampton's Kyle Walker-PetersSouthampton's Kyle Walker-Peters (Image: PA)

Taylor Harwood-Bellis - 8.

At ease on the ball. Looked to liven things up with his trademark sweeping balls over the top. Completed the most passes (97) in the game. Made a huge block to deny West Brom an instant equaliser. 

Jan Bednarek - 7.

Also impressive in the heart of the defence and looked comfortable as Saints dominated the ball. Made an important tackle to stop Grady Dianagana when neither player knew that the flag was raised for offside. 

Jack Stephens - 7.

Started at left-back, but also played in a back three when required. Got around the pitch brilliantly. Could have been neater in possession at times. Did brilliantly to play in Ryan Manning for Southampton's penalty. 

Ryan Fraser - 7.

Was like a train, constantly running up and down the left. Full of energy and ideas. Gave everything he had until he was withdrawn moments after taking a knock.

Flynn Downes - 8.

A colossus in midfield as every. Drove the ball at West Brom in the early moments, putting them on the back foot. Took a knock but carried on despite going down again. Got the assist for Adam Armstrong's first goal after another driving run.

Will Smallbone - 8.

Drifted out to the right, stretching the West Brom midfield and causing them a lot of problems. Intercepted the ball before playing a one-two with David Brooks and rifling Southampton into the lead. Won the most duels (11) in the game.

Daily Echo: Will Smallbone gave Saints the lead after half-time

Joe Aribo - 7.

Much like Smallbone, he drifted out wide, this time on the left, drawing players out towards him. Bent a shot over just before the break. Lacked a bit of composure on the ball at times but key to keeping the midfield ticking. 

David Brooks - 8.

Started in place of the injured Che Adams. Took on the role of bringing his teammates into the game brilliantly. Had more shots (three) than West Brom (one) in the first half. Combined with Smallbone for the opening goal. Denied a penalty when he was sliced down by Cedric Kipre.

Adam Armstrong - 9.

Scored twice despite only having 20 touches, the least of any player on the pitch. Drilled in an excellent goal to double Southampton's lead and give them comfort for the last stretch. Dispatched his penalty brilliantly. Took his tally up to 23 goals this season.

Daily Echo: Adam Armstrong hit goals 22 and 23 for the Championship campaign


Ryan Manning - 7.

Introduced when Fraser had given everything he had. Burst into the box to win the penalty which lead to Southampton's third goal.

Sam Edozie - 6.

Joined the forward line with 16 minutes to go when he came on in place of Brooks. Struggled to assert himself in the game as he only managed seven touches. 

Shea Charles - N/A

Introduced just before the game entered seven minutes of additional time. Will be frustrated to have been beaten by Kipre for West Brom's late goal.

Joe Rothwell - N/A

Also came on when the game had already been won, the lateness of his introduction highlighted by him only making four passes.