West Brom manager Valerien Ismael shares view on defeat to Huddersfield
West Brom fell to a 1-0 defeat against Huddersfield Town, making it four league defeats in a row on the road – but Valerien Ismael wasn’t too concerned.
The Frenchman believes that his side deserved to get something out of the game against the Terriers, despite rarely threatening.
He also thinks that the Baggies were good going forward but just weren’t clinical enough.
Speaking in his post-match press conference [Birmingham Mail], he said: “When you see the performances, at Stoke we deserved to lose, at Swansea in the second half we deserved to lose, and at Fulham the first half was poor, and we deserved to lose.
“Today is another feeling. I would tell you straight away if it was a poor performance, but it’s not the feeling.
“All the work we put in with the squad in the last week was good because we wanted more impact in the last third, more running in behind and more penetration, and we made it. Now it’s all about finding a killer instinct now.”
Ismael watching a different game?
If you have a look at #WBA on Twitter, you can see just what some Baggies fans thought of the performance yesterday.
They also clearly aren’t happy with these comments from Ismael, and they do seem a bit odd.
Yes, his side weren’t helped by Jake Livermore getting sent off, but that was late in the game, and Huddersfield scored in the sixth minute, so there was plenty of time to make changes.
The home side employed a high press that limited West Brom to very little, and though they had 20 shots, only two of those were on target.
So, you can’t really say that the Baggies created too much, and these comments from Ismael are odd.
Clearly, something has to change on the road because West Brom won’t win promotion to the Premier League if they can’t even pick up the odd draw away from home.
So, though Ismael was encouraged, we would question whether he watched the same game as everyone else.
In other West Brom news, our Super Fans have had their say on Dara O’Shea’s FA ban.