Bristol City Super Fan delivers lowdown ahead of West Brom clash
This is part of a regular series from our panel of Super Fans on upcoming West Brom fixtures. Ahead of Saturday’s game against Bristol City, we spoke to Robins fan @TheExiledRobin.
West Brom play host to Bristol City at The Hawthorns on Saturday with both sides looking to bounce back from bitterly disappointing results in midweek.
Albion took an early lead at Swansea City on Wednesday, only for the Welsh club to score two second-half goals and inflict a second league defeat of the season for Valerien Ismael’s men.
One day prior, Bristol City were making their own mess when one goal to the good, conceding two goals in stoppage time as Nottingham Forest claimed a 2-1 victory.
West Brom and Bristol City will both be hopeful of a positive result on Saturday though, as the fourth-best home side, statistically speaking, meets the third-best away outfit.
Ahead of the game, we spoke to a Robins fan, who can be found at @TheExiledRobin on Twitter, to gain the away side’s perspective.
What have you made of West Brom under Ismael this season?
From the bits I have seen your style of play seems quite distinctive and, by my memory, quite un-West Brom like! I always associate you at this level with good passing football, attacking zest and being good to watch – certainly when you had Harvey Barnes a couple of years ago you looked a fantastic side – but Ismael obviously has you playing in a way that gets the ball forward much more quickly and relies on the hard work and press to pressurise the opponent.
Karlan Grant is the obvious danger, he’s always looked like a very good player at this level and I was surprised when he wasn’t featuring for you earlier on, whilst Alex Mowatt always threatened when playing for Barnsley and is a player I’ve regularly wished we had signed.
Is there any obvious explanation for the parallels between your home and away form this season?
We’re a natural sit back, concede possession side who seem to be able to score on the counter-attack without a vast amount of great pace. Andi Weimann has just about enough and does well away from home, linking up with Chris Martin, but at home, where sides sit back a bit more, we haven’t got the guile and creativity to break teams down. We don’t create enough, we don’t score enough, and we now have a real issue where we haven’t won at home in so long and it’s affecting nerves in games we’re leading (Tuesday was a case in point where we led until the 91st minute and still lost!).
Who will pose the biggest threat to Albion?
If we play a similar team then watch out for youngster Alex Scott, he’s only just 18 but is highly regarded and has been given the moniker of the Guernsey Grealish – partly because of how he wears his socks and shin-pads, partly because of the number of free-kicks he wins, but also partly because of his tablet. He got his first goal on Tuesday, missed another golden chance and could become a real threat for us.
Despite our away form we’ve looked a little short against the top two or three so far this season – we put absolutely everything into earning a draw vs Fulham and even then Alexsandar Mitrovic should have won it at the end, and we got battered by Bournemouth – so I’m expecting a tough afternoon. I can’t predict a defeat though so will go with a hard-fought 1-1 draw.
In other West Brom news, Steve Madeley shares the moment that this Albion player irked Valerien Ismael v Swansea City.