Four longtime supporters share their slightly different views on the 1-0 defeat by Tottenham.
Then they look ahead to Friday’s trip to Brentford and what the line-up might look like.
1. What were your thoughts on Albion’s performance against Tottenham?
Colin Beales: We’ve come a long way, although I can honestly say there wasn’t much between us and Tottenham. While they scored I thought we defended well for the most part but we just couldn’t break through a determined Spurs back line to take some of the points.
James Heasman: After a great start at Liverpool it was quite frustrating. It seemed completely lacking in energy at times, and we seemed determined to play in the middle regardless of whether better options were available. Our pass was very hit and miss and although the stats say we had more possession overall, it didn’t feel like it. I also had the feeling that Welbeck wasn’t supported because the midfield didn’t get into the penalty area. I’ll look for more on Friday.
Alan Brownings: Very much like Tottenham at home last year, they pushed us up, kept us from playing and made us look pretty average.
Tim Ayling: It felt like a game from the early days of the Potter era where we tried to pass a little too much and waited for the perfect goal. We played well and it’s easy to forget we’re playing the third best team in the league, but that’s the expectation. All in all, they gave their all and with a bit of luck we would have gotten something too.
2. Who was your pick among the Albion players?
Colin Beales: March was great in the first half, faded in the second. Mac Allister was decent throughout, but my vote would go to Dunky, who I thought was on form throughout the tough fight.
James Heasman: Neither of them in all honesty. Everything average or below average. Mitoma is exciting when Welbeck has worked hard on the pitch. March good first half then faded. Brilliant challenge from Dunk on Son. But no, nobody caught my eye throughout the game.
Alan Brownings: Mitoma, who really made her sweat for the last half hour. If Welbeck had taken one of his chances, it could have been him.
Tim Ayling: I found Mac Allister outstanding again and Caicedo was not far behind. We are blessed to have these two. Both Gilmour and Mitoma had a good impact as well and they can’t be far from a starting position.
3. Would you like to see Mitoma (or any other player) make it into the eleven that take on Brentford on Friday?
Colin Beales: I think I’d rather stay with the starting grid. We haven’t struggled to score goals this season like we’ve done in the past, so I don’t see the point of using a famously good sub against Brentford. I’m sure Mitoma and his direct style of play will get a chance to start a few games as the season progresses, but I’m not demanding it just because we didn’t score against a solid spur defense.
James Heasman: Given our previous form, it’s hard to see who you’d drop, but eventually Mitoma should be given an opportunity, as should Undav. I wouldn’t change it on Friday as it’s another tough game.
Alan Brownings: Mitoma and Lamptey, they just get us going.
Tim Ayling: He can’t do much more than he is to make his case. If we want to add some pace to our team, then he’s the obvious option. The question is, who deserves to be dropped? He’ll get his chance after the World Cup, especially given the number of games we have to play.
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