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3 things we clearly learnt about West Brom following their 1-0 win over Preston



West Bromwich Albion secured a late victory at Preston North End on Monday night to secure a fifth successive win to move back to the top of the Championship table.

The Baggies had been frustrated in the first half going in at half time with the game level, despite Slaven Bilic’s side creating most of the chances in the opening period, but they secured a late winner from substitute Charlie Austin who converted a penalty, after the referee controversially awarded a spot kick after Kyle Edwards went over in the box.

The win sees West Brom extend their unbeaten run in the Championship to nine matches, since suffering their only league defeat of the campaign so far at Leeds United, and saw the Baggies open up a seven-point gap to third placed Fulham.

Here then. We take a look at THREE things we learnt about West Brom following their win at Preston on Monday…

West Brom outstanding on their travels

West Brom’s win against Preston means that the Baggies now have the best away record in the Championship so far this season, having won seven of their ten matches away from the Hawthorns so far this term, suffering just a single defeat.

Bilic’s side have now secured four successive wins on their travels, keeping clean sheets in each game, suggesting that the Baggies are finding the perfect balance between creating chances and remaining solid in defence, which is vital away from home.

The trip to Preston would have been seen as a real test of the Baggies’ away form, with their opponents unbeaten at home in the Championship heading into the game, but Bilic’s side were able to be the first side to win and keep a clean sheet at Deepdale this term, highlighting just how impressive the result was for the Baggies.

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West Brom’s defence looking very solid

For any team to earn promotion from the Championship, it is vital that they have a strong and resolute defence that is capable of keeping teams out when put under pressure, and the Baggies are showing all the signs that they have the defensive resilience needed to go on and earn promotion.

The win at Preston was West Brom’s fifth clean sheet in their last seven matches away from home in the Championship, and they have conceded just two goals in their last five league games, with both Semi Ajayi and Kyle Barltey  forming a formidable partnership at the heart of their defence.

When West Brom have been broken down of late, they have been indebted to Sam Johnstone, who again pulled off some important saves during their 1-0 win at Preston – and if the Baggies continue with their solid defensive form then they will be a really difficult team to stop this season.

West Brom’s squad continue to make an impact

One of the key strengths of West Brom so far this season has been their ability to make changes during matches which help them go on to pick up vital extra points, with the likes of Hal Robson-Kanu and now Austin showing they can come from the bench and score vital late goals.

Against Preston, West Brom’s bench once again made a real difference, with Edwards coming on for Matt Phillips with around half an hour to play and winning the all-important late penalty which was converted coolly by fellow sub Austin in stoppage time.

That means that even when the Baggies are not playing well in games, they know that they just need to dig in and that their subs can come on from the bench and make a positive impact to turn matches back around in their favour.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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