West Bromwich Albion will have left Villa Park on Saturday knowing that they could have got at least a point out the game but it wasn’t to be.
Losing to you local rivals will have been disappointing for the Baggies players as well as the fans but now is not the time to press the panic button.
There are still plenty of positives Albion can take from the game against Aston Villa but I have to say Albion did miss Peter Odemwingie.
The Baggies were really unlucky to go in at half-time 1-0 down and just before Villa opened the scoring, Roberto di Matteo’s side spurned a number of chances.
Somen Tchoyi was unlucky not to find the net with a curling effort inside the 18 yard area that hit the underside of the bar. Chris Brunt and Marc-Antoine Fortune also missed chances before Gerard Houllier’s side took the lead against the run of play.
Mark Albrighton was a thorn in the Baggies side on Saturday and I personally thought he was the difference between both sides.
The exciting winger managed to get past his defender and clip in a delightful cross for Stewart Downing to prod home from no more than six yards out. Perhaps you could question Scott Carson’s positioning for the goal.
Downing managed to get in front of his man which will have angered di Matteo and West Brom will have been disappointed to have conceded the goal just as they were in the driving seat.
Albion did not really get going in the second half and they were not potent enough as they were in the first half which was disappointing.
Albrighton put in yet another great cross for Emile Heskey to head home Villa’s second and that appeared to be that.
However Albion were not done yet and Paul Scharner gave the Baggies hope late on after finding the back of the net with a header.
Jerome Thomas wasted a golden opportunity in injury time to secure at least a point for West Brom. The former Charlton winger got in past the Villa defence and only had Brad Friedel to beat. Unfortunately, Thomas could only blaze the ball over the bar and that proved to be the last chance of the game.
Not the best result for Albion but they still find themselves comfortably in mid-table so the fans should not be worried just yet.
The first ever Black Country derby in the Premiership should be a cracker and both West Brom and Wolves fans will eagerly be anticipating the game.
It promises to be an intriguing contest and I’m hoping the Baggies can get back to winning ways. Wolves have not had the best of the seasons but from a Midlands point of view, I hope they do stay up.
It would be great to see Villa, Blues, Albion and Wolves in the Premiership next season and fingers crossed this is the case.
Also fingers crossed Odemwingie is back for the game because the Baggies missed him on Saturday. I personally feel Albion should consider bringing in a striker in January but I am not entirely sure who they can bring in.
I do like Marc-Antoine Fortune but I just feel he does not offer the same threat as Peter Odemwingie. I also think di Matteo should consider playing Ishmael Miller in the coming weeks just to start building up his match fitness.
The game against Wolves should be a tasty affair and hopefully we will be talking about an Albion win come the end of the game.
Up The Baggies and Keep The Faith!