If Roy Hodgson did not know what he was in for at West Bromwich Albion, he sure does now!
But a gutless, spineless, lacklustre performance from the Baggies in the second half led to them conceding three soft goals. West Brom only have themselves to blame for not seeing out the second half and they were the masters of their own downfall in the second 45.
The fans are entitled to their opinions and the Baggies fans rightly booed their side off at full time. I can empathise with them because the second half performance from West Brom was woeful and totally unacceptable.
I wonder if some of the Albion players thought the game was already won at half-time. However you cannot afford to be complacent in this league and you can never switch off! Just ask the Arsenal players after what happened at Newcastle.
All Albion had to do in the second half was not do anything silly and see out the second half. But once West Ham scored their first goal you could tell the nerves started to kick in and from their, Albion were at sixes and sevens at the back. No wonder West Brom have the worse defensive record in the Premier League.
I know Roy will not be able to turn it around overnight but at this rate West Brom need a miracle to stay up. The draw felt like a defeat for Albion and I just hope The Baggies don’t come to rue this result come the end of the season.
Game of Two Halves
Two goals in the first ten minutes and West Brom could not have asked for a better start. A superb 30-yard strike from Graham Dorrans and a goal from Jerome Thomas put the hosts in the driving seat. The turning point may well have been Youssouf Mulumbu going off in the first half.
Nonetheless things got a whole lot better for Albion as a Dorrans free-kick was sent into his own net by Winston Reid. 3-0 up and you thought there was no way The Hammers were going to get back into this game.
But there were warning signs for The Baggies at the end of the first half. Gary O’Neil hit the crossbar and Demba Ba forced Boaz Myhill into a fine save on the stroke of half-time.
All three of West Ham’s goals were preventable and Albion only have themselves to blame for letting a three goal lead slip. For the first goal, Paul Scharner misjudged the flight of the ball and Demba Ba slotted the ball home from close range. 3-1 and Avram Grant’s side were right back in it.
Second goal: West Ham free-kick floated in to Frederic Piquionne who was unmarked and Frenchman put the ball on a plate for Carlton Cole to make it 3-2. Terrible marking and Albion were on the back foot.
Just when you thought things could not get any worse, Albion conceded a third soft goal. Short corner, no West Brom player picked up Mark Noble who was able to put a ball into the 18 yard area and Ba was on hand to score his second goal of the game.
Dropped points for West Brom and the next fixture against Wolves without doubt is a MUST-WIN.
The Baggies really like to do things the hard way and if I was the manager, I would have given the players a right roasting at full time. The only positive from Saturday was the fact that Albion did not lose the game.
I am happy with the appointment of Roy Hodgson as our new Head Coach and would like to welcome him to the club.
Hodgson did not have the best of times at Liverpool and only last for six months at Anfield. But what Hodgson does have is experience and he knows the Premier League inside out.
He did a superb job at Fulham and turned them from a team fighting relegation into a team that were a tough nut to crack.
When he first joined the Cottagers, they were in a similar position as to where Albion are now. Fingers crossed Hodgson is the man to turn West Brom’s season around.
Firstly Hodgson has to sort the defence out because the Baggies are letting goals in left right and centre. The goals they have been letting in recently are beyond a joke and at the minute Albion cannot defend to save their lives.
The former Inter Milan manager has got a huge job on his hands but despite Saturday’s result, I do feel Hodgson can keep Albion up. But the defence must sort themselves out pretty quick otherwise West Brom will get relegated.
The Black Country derby against Wolves is set to be one of the biggest games of the season for both sides. With survival at stake, I’m sure both Albion and Wolves will do everything they can to get three points.
One win could make all the difference for West Brom and it is still very tight in the bottom half of the table.
With Albion conceding goals left right and centre, I’m sure Wolves will fancy their chances of getting a result at The Hawthorns. I’m just hoping Hodgson is the man to get The Baggies out of this mess.
Here is the team I would play against Wolves:
Shorey (LB) Olsson Tamas Reid (RB)
Brunt Dorrans Thomas
Subs: Carson, Scharner, Tchoyi, Fortune, Cox, Morrison, Jara
Let’s get behind the players and Keep The Faith! Up The Baggies!