Many West Brom supporters have reacted to Valerien Ismael’s post-match comments after the 1-1 home draw with Millwall on Saturday.
The Baggies currently lead the Championship after six games, with four wins and two draws from their league campaign thus far.
Yesterday’s 1-1 draw with Millwall put them above Fulham after Marco Silva’s side fell to a shock 1-0 defeat at Blackpool, but they failed to muster any real clinical touch as they only registered two shots on target from 11 taken throughout the game.
Daniel Ballard cancelled out Kyle Bartley’s opener in the second half after Karlan Grant missed a first-half penalty, as Ismael’s side saw their four-game winning streak in the division ended despite having a succession of late chances.
The manager admitted afterwards: “We had our opportunities on Saturday, but it wasn’t enough to win the game.
“We have to learn from that game. We will face this type of test plenty of times in the season when opponents come to The Hawthorns.
“They want to make us frustrated and take all of the intensity out of the game. Our purpose from that game is to learn from what happened and make sure we maintain our intensity.”
The Baggies received criticism from some fans for their tactics throughout the game as they played 75 long balls compared to Millwall’s 71, while hitting just two accurate crosses out of 19. In a game in which they were favourites, West Brom had fewer shots and fewer big chances than their London opponents.
It’s only their first points dropped since the opening day draw with Bournemouth, but Ismael’s style of play has received stick from his supporters, some of whom referenced the crude tactics of Tony Pulis during his reign at The Hawthorns in recent years.
West Brom fans react
These West Brom fans took to Twitter to react to Ismael’s comments following their disappointing draw with Millwall.
“Didn’t win a ball in the air for the first 40 minutes yet kept playing it high, was like watching Pulisball all over again. No plan B, just hit it long and hope for the best. Very poor today”
“Pulis would be proud”
“Need to learn how to pass instead of whacking it all the time”
“Play the ball on the deck more might help, that’s when we play our best football!“
“Long throw should be a nice bonus to score a goal. Can’t be the entire gameplan. Not enough quality today needed to play football to beat these”
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