By Olly Allen

25th Nov, 2021 | 10:10am

Alex Mowatt says West Brom still in the race for automatic promotion

West Brom midfielder Alex Mowatt says that the club’s hopes of securing automatic promotion are not over, despite a poor run of results.

The Baggies drew 0-0 against Blackpool on Tuesday night, leaving them with just one win in their last four matches.

Fulham and Bournemouth also drew 24 hours later, meaning that Valerien Ismael’s side remain eight points behind the top two.

Asked about whether he was concerned about West Brom losing ground on their rivals, Mowatt said [via Express & Star]: “It’s too early for that. There are plenty of games to play – the Christmas period there will be a lot of games.

“It’s too early to be worried about that.”

Bold words

The Championship season is not yet at the halfway mark, so Mowatt is right to point out that there is still a long way to go.

Of course, the Baggies could turn their form around and go on a run of results that sees them catch up the top two – they certainly have the quality in their squad to do that – but at the moment it is hard to see that happening.

Valerien Ismael’s system continues to be found out by opponents, while the team’s failure to take their chances is proving to be their downfall.

Then there is the poor away record – the Baggies have picked up just one point from their last five matches on the road.

While Mowatt and the rest of the squad will want to be looking up the table, they may also be nervously glancing over their shoulders as they are only three points inside the playoffs.

The next month will be crucial. There are tricky away trips to Coventry City and Derby County to come on the calendar, but also fixtures against struggling Reading and Barnsley.  

In other West Brom news, Albion are keeping an eye on an in-form striker playing in France.

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