Terry Wills on a week at the Hawthorns.
Another determined, dogged, performance – a point at Anfield that would have been three if Liverpool hadn’t scored their 86th minute equaliser to dash Baggies fans hopes of returning home with another prized scalp tucked under their belts thanks to 100% commitment and a refusal to crumble, much to the chagrin of Jurgen Klopp, who refused to shake hands with Tony Pulis at the final whistle.
Yes they dominated possession but all that mattered was that Liverpool had joined Arsenal, Tottenham, and West Ham, unable to beat the battling Baggies.The media in general praised the quality of their resolve not to be beaten and long may it continue.
Onto this week’s Greed League fixture against Bournemouth, the team hitting the sporting headlines after beating Chelsea and Manchester United in successive weeks. This, followed by games against Swansea and Newcastle, both in or around the drop zone. On paper it appears to indicate that this will be the perfect opportunity towards ensuring Albion can stabilise a comfortable mid-table position.
But as we all know games aren’t played on paper and I suspect that such games will be as difficult to rack up points as were the games during this current promising run.
Scoring continues to be a problem and Salomon Rondon, who continues to plough a lone furrow up front with little or no support, is receiving critism for not converting the few that come his way. Ask yourself why the likes of Jimmy Greaves and Alan Shearer scored so many and they will explain it was because so many chances were created -and in this context even his sternest critic can dispute the fact that they are few in number? Agreed he has missed some and no one will be more disappointed than the player himself.
On a lighter note in relation to this problem, grateful thanks to Craig Dawson and Jonas Olsson for notching the Baggies’ two goals at Anfield in addition to their sterling defensive work. Much appreciated by every Albion devotee, their team mates and without question Tony Pulis
Will Albion pluck the Bournemouth Cherries or will West Bromwich Albion become their next victims? In a season that is providing some astonishing results anything can and may well happen at the Hawthorns. I just hope that this clash won’t throw up another.