By Gary Stuart

28th Nov, 2019 | 1:46pm

Rival manager says West Brom a 'Premier League outfit' after latest result

Bristol City manager Lee Johnson apologised to his travelling fans after his side got mauled at The Hawthorns on Wednesday night, and described West Brom as a ‘Premier League outfit’. 

The game ended 4-1 and inflicted just the third defeat of the season on Bristol City, who also harbour ambitions of automatic promotion.

However, despite a brief 10 minutes at the start of the second half, West Brom were superior in every part of the field last night.

Talking in his post-match press conference, as quoted by the Bristol Post, Johnson said,

“Disappointed is an understatement. we came here with ambition, and we didn’t start. One thing you have to do at places like this is earn the right to play.

“I take full responsibility – it’s my team and my identity. And we didn’t do enough today individually or as a team. Or as a staff.

“I apologise to the fans. They deserve that. They’ve been fantastic particularly away from home.

“I don’t think it was lack of effort from the boys today, we were just found wanting in too many areas albeit against a good side.

“In one sense, I thought that West Brom looked like a Premier league outfit.”

Last Saturday marked the start of a potentially trick run of fixtures, that continues next Monday with a trip to Preston.

However, so far, West Brom have take six points from two games in a matter of days, and along with Leeds are starting to draw away from the chasing pack.

Preston were humbled 4-0 by Hull City last night so they’ll be looking for a reaction on Monday.

They’re the only side that has scored anywhere near the amount of goals as West Brom – 31 to our 35 – but they’ve been heavily reliant on penalties, with eight of their goals coming from the spot.

It suggests they’re due a regression to the mean and another three points on Monday would cement our credentials as favourites for automatic promotion.

Lee Johnson is already a convert.

In other West Brom news, Charlie Austin has been raving about this team-mate.