West Bromwich Albion boss Valerien Ismael has taken aim at Hull City after he felt that their players were faking injuries, as per a recent interview he gave to Hull Live.
The Baggies eventually prevailed at the Hawthorns, with Karlan Grant finding the net just over 20 minutes from time, however then hosts were made to work hard to get their three points.
Hull only registered a total of 32% possession and managed to muster just one shot on target during the 90 minutes as they appeared happy to settle for a point against one of the Sky Bet Championship’s in form sides.
Now Ismael has taken aim at his opponents following the game, as he made this statement:
“The opponent came here to waste time, with so many fake injuries, trying to create frustration and they wanted the ball out (of play).
“We know this situation and we managed it well – we stayed patient and we controlled the game.”
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The win sees the Baggies close the gap on the leaders Bournemouth to six points after the Cherries lost at home to Preston North End on Wednesday.
West Brom are back in league action this weekend as they play host to Middlesbrough on Saturday.
Perhaps Ismael is being a tad harsh here but at the same time Hull didn’t really come into the match with the aim to try and win it outright.
They aimed to frustrate and stay in the game and for the best part of almost 70 minutes they achieved that.
However they aren’t going to stay in the division if they take that attitude and it’s clear that Ismael’s comments have been made as he believes they were too negative.
In the end his side got the victory and he should be proud of the way that they stayed patient and focused.