Sky Sports journalist Adam Bate revealed that he feared the worst for West Brom after Sam Allardyce’s first few games in charge.

He described Big Sam’s start as being similar to Alan Pardew’s tenure at the club, having conceded 15 goals in his first five games.

Albion then conceded four goals in Allardyce’s next two games against Wolves and West Ham, but Bate believes the players will take confidence from the win at Molineux.

Appearing on Sky Sports’ Pitch to Post podcast (41:53), Bate said, “It was a big win [Wolves] just at the point I think where fans were starting to give up hope.

“There were shades of Alan Pardew last time around in the Premier League if they kept on losing, it would have sapped the belief.

“This obviously changes that, I think it changes it for the players as much as the fans.

“It gives them that little bit of belief that what the manager is telling them will work if they just buy into it.

“There are still problems with the two goals conceded you don’t see those type of goals often in the Premier League.

“Allardyce will know he has to buy well in the next fortnight.”

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Addressing areas of weakness

Allardyce’s appointment brought an expectation that he would improve the defence, so the start he made may have caused concern.

However, in his last firefighter role at Crystal Palace, the 66-year-old made a similarly underwhelming start before comfortably guiding them to mid-table.

Like his arrival at Albion, Big Sam took over at Selhurst Park just before Christmas.

He then proceeded to oversee a run of five league games without a win, conceding nine goals in that time before a 2-0 win at Bournemouth at the end of January.

The win against Wolves was his also his fifth league game in charge, which shows he faces a similar challenge, but his experience bodes well.

As Bate alludes to, the players should be buoyed by that, and if the recruitment team can add a few more bodies we may see improvement in all areas.

It is clear that defence is the biggest concern currently, and we would like to see that area addressed first.

In other West Brom news, there has been a big update in the Premier League’s investigation into the club following West Ham affair.


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