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West Brom: Jimmy Shan is Tony Pulis in disguise

West Brom: Jimmy Shan is Tony Pulis in disguise

A heartbreaking end to West Bromwich Albion’s season proved that Jimmy Shan just isn’t good enough to take them up to the Premier League.

While the Baggies had a deficit to turn at the Hawthorns, they displayed little intent or hard-work to actually challenging Aston Villa’s dominance.

It was almost all Villa throughout the game, with the away side dominating possession and not allowing West Brom to hit them on the counter-attack. Despite getting a fortunate opener early in the first half, the Baggies were second-best throughout. While Dwight Gayle’s absence was felt in a toothless attack, Shan’s tactics were wrong as well.

In front of his buoyant home fans, he decided to sit back and soak pressure rather than hitting Vila where it hurts. They didn’t put any pressure on the visiting Villans or even try to expose their defensive vulnerabilities through fast-paced attacking moves. Looking to use set-pieces as goal-scoring means was also the wrong direction to go.

Frankly, it was Tony Pulis ball.

Despite Gayle’s absence, the Baggies still had individuals who could create trouble if allowed to do so. Shan didn’t allow them to express themselves much or take risks, instead allowing Villa to dominate the game. Before Chris Brunt’s unnecessary red-card, the game could’ve been much better if West Brom had asked more questions of Villa’s defence.

Instead of using the fans’ momentum to charge through on goal, they depended on their mistakes to create chances. This questionable tactics also dejected the players, who ended up scuffing in the final moments to extend the wait for Premier League football.

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