Steve Madeley shares manager chants from home and away fans at West Brom game
Valerien Ismael was subjected to negative chants from both sets of fans before West Brom took control late against Peterbrough, according to Steve Madeley.
The Baggies were struggling to break down their relegation zone-dwelling opponents until three late goals gave the scoreline a respectable gloss.
The Athletic’s Steve Madeley was at the game and witnessed the crowd directing relatively abusive chats towards the manager.
Writing on his personal Twitter account, Madeley said: Some fans have turned here in the Smethwick End. Chants of “you’re getting sacked in the morning” which might have come from away fans, I couldn’t tell.
Then came “Valerien Ismael, your football is [expletive]” which was definitely from home fans. #WBA
The home side came into the game struggling badly for goals, having only scored once in their previous four league matches, and also exited the FA Cup after defeat to Brighton.
Without a win in over a month the club’s position in the Championship playoff positions was starting to look precarious, and the edginess clearly became evident as the supporters showed their frustrations with the game ticking into the final stretch.
Additionally disappointing was the fortunes of new signing Daryl Dike who was handed his full debut after arriving from Orlando City, but was unable to find the net and then went off injured early in the second half.
The manager will have felt the heat turning up the closer things got to a missed opportunity result-wise and will have been very relieved that his men were eventually able to make the pressure pay.
Cedric Kipre finally scored a scruffy goal, before Karlan Grant and Grady Diangana added further strikes in the final five minutes.
Madeley himself admitted soon after the chants that the team had been on top and on another day would have “scored 2 or 3” so perhaps things were not so bad.
And the Baggies went on to do just that, they just took their time to do so.
In other West Brom news, Peter Odemwingie has revealed text messages related to his infamous transfer saga.