West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone claims that Albion do have the talent to play out from the back despite their struggles against Birmingham on Friday.
The Baggies were second best for large periods at St. Andrew’s and were extremely fortunate to leave Birmingham with a point.
Whilst there were many aspects of the performance that need to improve, they seemed to particularly struggle building up play from the back.
The defensive trio of Kyle Bartley, Ahmed Hegazi and Craig Dawson were all guilty of giving the ball away at times, in some cases when they weren’t even under much pressure.
However, Johnstone believes that it’s worth persevering with and reveals boss Darren Moore has them working on this style in training.
“If you’re going to play with the ball you have to take risks. In football generally you have to take risks,” he told the Express & Star.
“Ultimately we have to be a bit cleaner and a bit better with our passing. Of course we do (work on it). Sometimes I join in possession games, passing drills. It all helps.
“It was sloppy (at St Andrew’s), and one of those nights. Once it starts coming off it’s very dangerous.”
Moore has clearly tried to change they style significantly at West Brom and problems are to be expected given the way most of these players have played over the years under different managers.
Whether their performance at St. Andrew’s was ‘one of those nights’, as Johnstone put it, or something to be worried about remains to be seen though as they did not look comfortable at all.
Ultimately, it’s about results and unless Albion improve in this aspect then Moore will surely have to consider changing things.
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