West Brom hasn’t had a great run of form in past weeks, falling to Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge en route to a third consecutive Premier League defeat today.
The Baggies haven’t won a match since a 4-0 blanking of Burnley took place on Sep. 28, and while some games have definitely been within range of victory, certain moments have downed Alan Irvine’s squad.
In this contest, an excellent piece of work to chest and volley home a strike by Diego Costa put the home team ahead in the 11th minute, and from there, very little went in Albion’s favor.
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Ruing the entire 90 minutes in general, Irvine did specifically point out this first goal, resenting the fact that it wasn’t nullified with an offside call. The game-sealing goal–a quick doorstep finish from Eden Hazard– arrived before the West Brom had given up the red, showing a weak set-piece mentality that the manager thought was unacceptable.
“Obviously I am bitterly disappointed that we have lost the game and disappointed that it was so difficult for us from early in the game to get something out of it,” he said. “Well we actually went a goal down to a goal which I thought was offside and that makes life very difficult here.
“The second goal was extremely disappointing from our point of view because we pride ourselves on being organised at set-pieces and we weren’t as organised as we should have been.”
The one positive note on the loss for West Brom was goalie Ben Foster, who made wonderful saves on both Costa and Hazard during one sequence, as well as a heads-up save against John Terry. Irvine believes the Englishman truly displayed his value as a first-class goalie.
“He [Foster] played very well, he’s a top goalkeeper he was called upon more today than he was in any other game that we have had this season and he proved why is so highly-rated.”