West Bromwich Albion edged closer to relegation as Wolverhampton Wanderers were unable to hold them off of a 1-1 draw. After a difficult match made more difficult by the torrential rain, here are the reactions to West Brom vs Wolves.
Fabio Silva’s opener in the first half gave Wolves a lead but not for long. Mbaye Diagne’s header just after the hour mark equalized the game for West Brom, and the bout ended 1-1.
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Reactions to West Brom vs Wolves
Nuno Espirito Santo
Nuno Espirito Santo is delighted with Wolves’ fighting spirit for maintaining a draw an intense Black Country derby.
While disappointed with the Baggies’ leveller, the Portuguese was pleased with the sheer efforts that his players put in.
Head coach of Wolves, Nuno has hailed his team’s fighting spirit. After all, they managed to pick up a point from a ‘very physical game’, under torrid weather conditions, at Albion.
“It was difficult conditions and a difficult opponent,” Nuno said. “I think we started the game really well, with possession and control. We were dominant.”
“It was a very physical game in tough circumstances, so the boys did what they should do,” he continued. “They fought, won duels. They were there.”
About the game itself, he made some insightful remarks, which fans can read in detail here.
“Like always, I think we should improve on certain aspects. Defensively, at the beginning of the second half, we had issues,” observed the Wolves coach. “The long balls of West Brom made us run back and chase the ball, so it becomes harder.”
Nuno’s line-up excluded for the clash defender Willy Boly as the Ivorian is suffering from COVID for a long time.
“He’s in a tough moment. He was infected and this week, he was not able to train,” Nuno said, explaining that Boly was going through long COVID.
Meanwhile, West Bromwich Albion head coach Sam Allardyce deliberated over the team’s possible demotion from Premier League.
Allardyce said an “open discussion” would help configure the financial impact of relegation on West Brom, who may play second-tier next season.
“It needs a good, open discussion on what we would be starting with, the difficulties that are going to arrive from this club being relegated,” he said. “Really, that would mean what financial difficulties will be the first priority for the club.”
“I accept that, those kinds of financial priorities would have to be addressed,” he continued. “What’s left after that would be the discussion on what the way forward would be, and what good our chance would be of bouncing straight back.”
Read more about what he said, about relegation and this latest match, here.
The single point they won from the draw means the Baggies need 10 more points for safety in the Premier League. And they have just four games remaining to win these 10 points. That would mean not losing a single game, and winning at least three.
However, Jamie Carragher has faith in the Wolves head coach.
He said on Monday Night Football that he trusts Allardyce to bring them back: “I can’t think of anyone better to get them out of the Championship.”
Former Arsenal ‘Invincible’, Thierry Henry has criticised Wolves defender Romain Saiss for his error that led to West Brom’s equaliser.
Mbaye Diagne beat Rui Patricio with a powerful header. But he did so after passing by Saiss, who totally lost track of the Albion striker.
While Henry was impressed by the finish, and Conor Townsend’s cross which enabled it, he was furious about Saiss.
“At that particular moment when Matt Phillips receives the ball, Semedo comes, Coady is telling Saiss to deal with his man,” Henry told Sky Sports (read more here).
“You know the cross is going to be coming, the danger is this man (Diagne), you don’t need to over-slide, just make sure you stay in contact with him. Stay will him, you can always clear it or flick it out. But he over goes – goal.”
“The quality of the cross was amazing but why do you step away from your marker? You have him, you can always attack the space then if the ball comes you can always flick it,” he elaborated.
“He over-went. Then if the ball is like Townsend there, you are going to get beaten. But what happened to dealing with your man?”
“You have been told by Coady right before that. When you are playing with a back five someone might have helped you because there are three men inside, the back four, you see your man – deal with him,” he concluded emphatically.