Kevin Campbell has praised West Brom boss Valerien Ismael for slamming his team’s performance in the defeat to Stoke City last week.
West Brom head into the international break on the back of falling to their first defeat of the season on Friday night.
The Baggies went to Stoke City and lost 1-0 to the Potters, with Nick Powell finding the back of the net in the latter stages of the contest.
It brings an end to what was an impressive unbeaten run for Albion, who had gone 10 games without a defeat following a positive start to the campaign.
Nevertheless, Ismael has set his standards high and wasn’t a happy man after the game – he told the Shropshire Star that his side’s performance “wasn’t good enough”.
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Speaking to Football Insider, Kevin Campbell has praised Ismael for his honest comments and assessment of the defeat.
He said: “I love that. I think honesty is the key. The squad and the fans want to hear it how it is.
“Every player goes out there to perform but at the end of the day, sometimes that isn’t enough. I like how Ismael is honest enough to say that.
“His players need to liven up in the next game. He’s challenged them.
“The Championship is the hardest league in Europe. Every team will lose games. The key is how you respond to the losses.”
I agree with Ismael as West Brom were not their usual selves, but I also agree with him when he says that they need a rest.
They have maintained such high standards since the start of the season and have had to deal with a host of injury problems.
This has put extra pressure on the other players to stay fit and play more minutes, and I think the international break has come at a good time for them to be honest.