Unlucky Albion lose at home
Saturday 23rd August, 15:00
The Baggies will go into next weekend`s match-up with old manager Gary Megson at the Reebok still in search of their first Premiership points.
In a game which was very reminiscent of our FA Cup semi-final game against Portsmouth last season, we dominated proceedings for the first 60 minutes, but created few chances and finished none. We were duly punished for not turning our overwhelming possession into goals, firstly when Mikel Arteta played in Leon Osman (65), and when the Baggies streamed forward in search of an equaliser they conceded a second, a complete breakdown in communication between Carson and Meite left the former stranded in no-man`s land, and gave Yakubu a simple header to make it 2-0 on 76 minutes. After 179 minutes of top-flight football, West Brom scored their first goal of the new campaign. A slightly harshly awarded penalty against Phil Neville for handball allowed Roman Bednar to open his, and the Baggies, account for the season.
The glaring deficiency that sees us in the bottom three and with zero points after two games (admittedly against good opposition) is a lack of firepower up front. Miller was not as lively today as he was at the Emirates, however as we again went with one up front he looked isolated against the Toffees two towering centre backs, and barely got a sniff. The introduction of Bednar, and subsequent switch to 4-4-2 again seemed to give the team more options in the final third. This said, most fans see signing a striker prior to the end of the transfer window as a top priority.
There were some positives to take from this defeat - the debut of Zuiverloon being the obvious highlight. An all action debut from the Dutch youngster who showed no signs of jetlag after his recent flight back from the Olympics.
In all, a harsh defeat but a useful lesson in pinpointing the areas the management need to improve if we`re to cut it in the Prem this season. It`s early days yet.
Scott Carson 6/10
Gianni Zuiverloon 8/10
Abdoulaye Meite 5/10
Leon Barnett 8/10
Paul Robinson 7/10
James Morrison 4/10
Kim Do-Heon 7/10
Robert Koren 7/10
Jonno Greening 7/10
Chris Brunt 6/10
Ishmael Miller 5/10
Roman Bednar 7/10
Sherjill MacDonald 5/10
Craig Beattie 4/10
One up front at home, especially when that one is the 'raw' Ishmael Miller needa addressing. Give Bednar, and 4-4-2, a go from the start.
West Brom (4-4-1-1)
Subs Not Used: Kiely, Hoefkens, Cech, Pele.
Subs Not Used: Turner, Jutkiewicz, Agard, Kissock, Wallace.
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