West Brom moved to the top of the Championship over the weekend, although they could only manage a 1-1 at home to Millwall.
Valerien Ismael’s side have been excellent this season, with the players quickly understanding the demands the Frenchman has. However, they weren’t at their best against the Lions, with Daniel Ballard cancelling out Kyle Bartley’s opener to ensure the Londoners left with a point.
The draw means the Baggies remain unbeaten after the first six Championship fixtures and they will look to extend that run when they take on Derby County tomorrow night.
Attention will quickly switch to the Rams’ visit but here we look at THREE things we learnt about Albion following the Millwall draw…
They can be predictable in attack
The most disappointing aspect of the display was the lack of attacking threat Ismael’s men had.
They managed just two shots on target, a missed penalty and Bartley’s header, which isn’t good enough. A reason for that was the predictable way they attacked, as they were far too direct and regularly went long instead of building up play.
Of course, you can’t argue with Ismael’s approach, but at times they need to show more variety and once it became apparent Millwall were dealing with Plan A, they should’ve tried something else.
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They must still improve
After the optimism of the first few weeks, this was a timely wake-up call for Albion that they won’t have everything all their own way.
It should be said that the team deservedly sit top, but that doesn’t mean they’re perfect. As Fulham also found out this weekend, surprise results can happen if you aren’t at your best, and Ismael will be reiterating to his players that they can’t afford to let their standards slip.
They can grind out results
This may seem negative for an Albion side that are top, unbeaten and generally doing well under Ismael, but it just shows how good the side have been.
And, the one positive from Saturday is that the team still picked up a point despite not playing their best football.
We all know how tough and demanding the Championship season is, and it’s about grinding out results, which Albion have shown they can do in their last two games.