West Brom manager Valerien Ismael growing frustrated with opponents' tactics
West Brom manager Valerien Ismael is growing frustrated with the opposition’s tactics after the Baggies drew 0-0 on Tuesday night.
West Brom had an incredible 26 shots with nine on target but couldn’t break down Derby County and had to be content with a point that leaves them on 15 points in the Championship.
However, that is now two draws in a row, and it appears as if more and more teams are happy to allow the Baggies to have the ball and sit in deep, which appears to be frustrating Ismael [Birmingham Mail].
He said: “Now you will recognise there is a clear trend against us. After five games, you have a clear picture of West Brom, and after the international break, the opponent comes here and doesn’t want to play football against us.
“They had one point before the game, and they just wanted to fight for that point. They didn’t want to take any risks. We have to adapt. If we’d have got the breakthrough, it would have been easier, but the longer it stays at 0-0, the opponent will take a point away.
“For sure, it is frustrating for us. We wanted more, but the season is long, and we will learn about the opponent. It’s clear something is going on against us that we need to adapt to.”
Will the Baggies adapt?
Under Ismael at the start of the season, the Baggies looked quick and aggressive, but they have struggled to break down the opposition in the last three games.
They have scored just two goals in their last three games, while before that, they were averaging two goals a game.
So, there is clearly going to be a plan against the Baggies going forward, and it is up to Ismael to find the solutions.
The Frenchman admits he is frustrated, but he clearly believes that the Baggies have what it takes to start breaking these teams down.
Certainly, last night we would argue that the Baggies were very unlucky not to come away with anything and only a spectacular display from Kelle Roos in the Derby goal prevented Ismael’s side from taking the three points [Sky Sports].
So, there were positives to build on for their trip to Preston North End.
In other West Brom news, a potential managerial target for the Baggies has discussed why he didn’t take the job.