West Brom boss Jimmy Shan has made just the one change for tonight’s play-off semi-final against Aston Villa, with Jacob Murphy replacing the suspended Dwight Gayle.
The influential striker was controversially sent off late on as Albion fell to a 2-1 defeat at Villa Park on Saturday, which has left them with an uphill task tonight.
However, Shan has decided to keep the changes to a minimum, with the on-loan Newcastle man given the nod.
???? The teams are in!
Jacob Murphy comes into our XI to replace the suspended Dwight Gayle.
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) May 14, 2019
That means the Baggies are likely to set up with a 5-4-1 formation that will be more like a 3-4-3 when they attack, with Murphy and Matt Phillips supporting Jay Rodriguez from out wide.
In some good news for Shan, centre-back Craig Dawson is fit despite going off at half-time in the first leg.
It’s fair to say that the team news prompted a mixed response from West Brom supporters who know what’s at stake against their west Midlands rivals.
Here’s some of the reaction to the XI on twitter…
Personally I’d play Edwards over Murphy (who offers nothing) but it’ll do
— David Guest (@guesty_14) May 14, 2019
Where’s Kyle Edwards??? What’s he done wrong!! He should be in instead of Murphy!!
— Andrew Grainger (@andrew_grainger) May 14, 2019
Wrong team. Again
— andrew woodfield (@andrewwoodfield) May 14, 2019
Was hoping for 4 at the back but I can see this working
— Aaron Leatherland (@azza_leva3) May 14, 2019
Coyb! Go for it lads,nothing to lose.
— J (@Jamie521M) May 14, 2019
In a game like this we need 100% effort and passion which the exact opposite of Jacob Murphy. Other than that a decent team.
— joe ???? (@joekapalo) May 14, 2019
COYB, today is the day
— IceAquila (@aquila_ice) May 14, 2019