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West Bromwich Albion: A swift appointment will get best from players during run in

West Bromwich Albion: A swift appointment will get best from players during run in

James Shan acknowledged the last few days have been a “surreal experience” for him, before singling out keeper Sam Johnstone for praise Albion racked up a first home win in the Championship of 2019.

This may be the only game in charge for the caretaker manager, and certainly his comment to the West Brom official website afterwards hinted that he does not know if he will be in charge at the weekend.

He said: “It’s been a surreal experience for me over the last couple of days and one that I’ll look back on fondly in many years to come. It was a great evening.”

Although a 3-0 scoreline sounds emphatic, Shan acknowledged that were it not for the heroics of his 25-year-old stopper, the outcome could have been a lot different.

“It was a difficult test tonight, Swansea are a good footballing team,” said Shan.

“I thought second half we were magnificent. Swansea are a good team and Sam Johnstone on the night was fantastic. He has made some very, very important saves.

“On another day we could probably be two or three down, but credit to the boys I think they repaid Sam with their work ethic to stay within the game and keep it compact and keep it tight. It was a good performance.”

The win consolidated their fourth position in the table — particularly with Middlesbrough’s slip-up at home to Preston — and with automatic promotion beginning to look out of grasp, the Baggies need to bring in Darren Moore’s permanent replacement as soon as possible in order to build up momentum ahead of those play-offs in May.

With an international break coming up after Saturday’s trip to Brentford, it would be the ideal time to get the new man in now, look at the side on Saturday and have two weeks to get to know, and work with, his players before the following game.

What do you think of last night’s performance? Should Albion bring in a permanent manager now, or another interim appointment until the end of the season? Let us know your thoughts…

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