Three straight defeats now for West Bromwich Albion and I’m sure there will be Baggies fans out there who will be getting a little worried.
The goals Albion have been conceding in recent games have been poor and the number of clean sheets kept by Roberto di Matteo’s side this season is a concern.
But now is not the time to turn on the players backs and I am still optimistic West Bromwich Albion will finish above the bottom three.
In the away games against Aston Villa and Bolton, West Brom should have got something out of both games based on the number of chances they created.
Against Owen Coyle’s side, Albion had numerous chances to score but if you do not take your chances you will get punished. And inevitably they paid the price for not taking their chances at the Reebok.
Conceding a goal on the stroke of half-time will have been a body blow for di Matteo’s team but you still felt West Brom could get a result.
However Albion continued to waste more chances and Johan Elmander secured the points late on for the Trotters.
Whenever you are dominating a game you have to take your chances otherwise the opposition will make you pay and that’s exactly what Bolton did.
It was great to see Albion create chance after chance but it was frustrating they could not find the back of the net and not get a result.
West Brom’s week got worse as they crashed to a 3-1 home defeat to Blackburn Rovers. This game provided a perfect opportunity for The Baggies to bounce back from the defeat against Bolton.
Defensive and individual mistakes led to all three of Blackburn’s goals which was disappointing. Rovers like Albion went into the game on the back of two straight defeats and you felt this was the perfect time to play them.
Roberto di Matteo’s side did not get off to the best of starts by conceding an early goal. However they did bounce back and Jerome Thomas equalised for Albion after good work from Somen Tchoyi.
West Brom to be honest did not turn up in the second half and conceding two early second half goals proved to be the sucker punch.
Even though Nikola Kalinic did get sent off, Albion were unable to create clear cut chances and to make matter worse Gabriel Tamas saw red late on.
It was a disappointing display from West Bromwich Albion and the team will have targeted the Blackburn fixture as a winnable game. There will be Albion fans out there who are now starting to worry about the club’s form.
But now is not the time for panic stations. I’m sure most Albion fans will have taken 22 points from 19 games at the beginning of the season. However it could have been more had Albion got something from the games against Villa, Bolton and Blackburn.
Just as the week could not get any worse, Albion face Manchester United on Saturday in the early kick off. All the pressure will be on United but I fear The Baggies could be in for a long difficult afternoon based on what I have seen in recent games.
Personally I feel Albion need to bring in a striker as well as another defender. Jonas Olsson will be back in January which will be a relief but I still think The Baggies could do with another defender.
The Hawthorns outfit do need a striker but the question is who do you bring in. Peter Odemwingie has been a revelation at Albion and I have been impressed with the way the Nigerian has quickly settled at the club as well as to the Premier League.
With Ishmael Miller still regaining full match fitness, Marc Antoine Fortune not scoring enough goals, Roman Bednar on loan at Leicester, it is crucial Albion bring in a striker.
There has been speculation about John Carew joining Albion. The Villa man is injury prone but when he is on fire, the Norwegian can be a real handful for anyone. I personally would not mind seeing Carew in an Albion shirt and he has shown he can cut in the Premier League.
I would be interested to hear from Albion fans about who they would like to see the club sign in January.
Up The Baggies and Keep The Faith! Lets get behind the team!