Jeff Stelling comments on West Brom fans' attendance v Brighton
West Brom had just around 8000 fans present for their FA Cup third round clash with Brighton at The Hawthorns on Saturday (8 January).
Sky Sports pundit Jeff Stelling could not believe the poor attendance, questioning whether the Baggies faithful were aware there was a game on Soccer Saturday.
Express and Star reporter Joseph Masi took to his personal Twitter account during the game to confirm that only 8,208 supporters were in the stadium for the game – which saw the visitors secure a 2-1 win after extra-time.
Stelling said: “I’m not sure West Brom fans have been told there is a game on this afternoon.
“Because The Hawthorns… I can see the visitors end and that is packed, but I cannot see many West Brom fans there at the moment.”
Albion fans have typically produced one of the best attendances this season, with the club averaging around 22,000 for each home game so far in 2021-22.
However, there were a lot of empty seats for their FA Cup tie, with the Seagulls fans turning up in their numbers instead.
West Brom fans were definitely not impressed by the quality of opposition they were facing despite the fact that they are a Premier League team.
They would have turned up in their numbers had it been one of the top-flight’s bigwigs, and being dumped out this early out of the competition would not have been heartbreaking for them.
Callum Robinson grabbed the opener for Valerien Ismael’s side two minutes after play restarted, but it was cancelled out by Jakob Moder with just nine minutes left on the clock.
With Cedric Kipre sent off in the 69th-minute for a second booking, things were always going to be difficult for the hosts.
Neal Maupay scored minutes into the first-half of extra time, and that was enough to put Brighton through into the next stage.
West Brom will now fully concentrate on their promotion mission after another early Cup exit, and the fans should be back at The Hawthorns afterwards.
In other West Brom news, the Baggies have tabled a new contract offer to centre forward.