By Nick Ware

18th Sep, 2021 | 5:20pm

Alan McInally exasperated with Jordan Hugill in West Brom 1-1 draw v Preston North End

Alan McInally was stunned by the inability of Jordan Hugill to force a West Brom winner in their 1-1 draw at Preston on Saturday.

Hugill, 29, made his first West Brom start against his former side, but he was unable to open his Albion account as they recorded a third successive draw.

After being held by Millwall and Derby County at The Hawthorns in the last week, Valerien Ismael’s outfit were surely hoping to claim their first win of the month.

However, they were unable to do so, and ex Aston Villa player McInally, on commentary duties for Sky Sports Soccer Saturday, apportioned some blame to Hugill.

“What a chance, what a chance, what a chance….oh my goodness me, what a great chance there,” McInally exclaimed.

“It’s fallen to Jordan Hugill against his old club, it’s the first time he’s had any space Jeff [Stelling], right into the arms of Daniel Iversen.”

Failing to fire

Changes to his forward line have once again failed to inspire a turnaround for Ismael.

Hugill and Matt Phillips replaced Karlan Grant and Callum Robinson from the starting XI that drew with Derby on Tuesday.

Phillips scored the equaliser in the first half, but Albion once again failed to kick on after scoring.

The last time Albion scored more than once in a game was against Blackburn Rovers on August 21 – they’ve played five games since.

Hugill hasn’t exactly been a prolific goalscorer in recent years, and he failed to profit from a glorious chance against Preston.

West Brom now sit third in the Championship after Bournemouth leapfrogged them and Fulham into first place.

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