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Valerien Ismael identifies key area that West Brom need to work on ahead of Fulham clash



West Bromwich Albion manager Valerien Ismael has revealed that he believes that his team will need to find the right balance in regards to how they approach games if they are to achieve a great deal of success in the Championship this season.

The Baggies have managed to make an encouraging start to life under the guidance of the Frenchman as the club’s players have already adapted to Ismael’s distinctive style of play which relies heavily on pressing the opposition in the final-third.

Having secured a comfortable 3-0 victory in their showdown with Bristol City last weekend, West Brom will be determined to send out a real signal of intent to the rest of the Championship by securing a positive result in their clash with Fulham on Saturday.

Currently third in the second-tier standings, West Brom will move above their opponents in the table if they seal all three points at Craven Cottage.

Ahead of this game, Ismael has admitted that his side will need to find the right balance if they are to emerge as legitimate contenders for automatic promotion.

Speaking to the Express & Star, the Baggies boss said: “One thing I learnt in the Championship from last season – whether you win or lose, you have to find the right balance.

“You can’t overact if you lose a game and you can’t be euphoric if you win.

“Just try to find a balance because it is a marathon.

“The key is taking points with consistency, only like that will we get what we want.

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“We are in October, the season finishes in May.

“There is still a long way to go.

“We know what we need to improve.”

The Verdict

When you consider that the best sides in Championship history have managed to maintain their consistency at this level over the course of a season, it is hardly a surprise that Ismael wants West Brom to step up their performance levels in the coming months.

The Baggies boss is currently able to call upon the services of a host of players who have excelled at this level in recent years and thus will be confident in his ability to guide his side to a promotion push.

Set to face a Fulham side who will also be eyeing up an immediate return to the Premier League in 2022, it will be fascinating to see whether West Brom are able to secure their fourth away-league victory of the season on Saturday.

Ismael will be hoping that the likes of Alex Mowatt, who is currently averaging a WhoScored match rating of 7.21 in the Championship, and top-scorer Karlan Grant will be able to help the Baggies seal an eye-catching result at Craven Cottage.

Freelance writer for Football League World. Previously worked for 90min & GiveMeSport.

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