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Valerien Ismael responds to supporters’ criticism at West Brom

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Valerien Ismael has been under pressure from the stands at The Hawthorns ever since West Bromwich Albion slipped out of the top two in the opening stretch of the season.

The Baggies are unbeaten at home in the league this term, and yet there almost always seems to be some friction from the stands due to the team’s style of play.

West Brom took until the 78th minute to break the deadlock in their 3-0 win over Peterborough United on Saturday, in what was a truly dominant performance.

Ismael responded to some negative chants from the Baggies’ home faithful when he spoke to BBC Radio West Midlands, with quotes provided by The Athletic.

“We won 3-0 and all the statistics speak for us.

“We are now high in the table in possession and we concede the fewest goals.

“In all the statistics, we are top. I do my job with my staff, and the opinion of my staff is important.

“We do the job, we have the facts on the table and, without any emotion, we analyse, and the facts speak a great language for us.

“As I said to the guys, it’s all about converting the effort we put in, and today this was the great thing.

“I just stay focused on my job with the players.

“It’s clear what we have to do.”

Being held by 22nd placed Posh for so long would have been a frustrating watch for the supporters, however Ismael is right to valiantly defend his players and his methods, to which have West Brom very well placed in the promotion race at this stage.

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It feels like quite a sudden shift for West Brom supporters to care about style of play over results.

They put up with a handful of more stereotypically old-fashioned managers in their eight season stint in the top-flight between 2010 and 2018, however patience seems to have run out with calls for Ismael to be sacked still taking place despite the Baggies unbeaten at home in the league.

The Baggies are just four points off of automatic promotion with 57 left to play for, if you offered the supporters promotion by any means at the start of the season, the vast majority would have taken it, and Ismael’s methods have the club right in the mix and in great shape to chase down faltering Bournemouth in the coming months.


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