Date: 11th August 2019 at 8:00pm
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West Bromwich Albion went into Saturday’s Championship clash with Millwall at The Hawthorns looking to extend new head coach Slaven Bilic’s 100% record to two matches and really give us some momentum in the early stages of the 2019/20 campaign.

With none of our deadline day signings making the starting XI for the game, it gained a pretty strange reaction on social media amongst the fans, and whilst plenty sensibly thought it was good management to let them settle in first with a bit more training under their belts, there was certainly plenty of disappointment at not seeing any of the newbies feature on the substitutes bench as a minimum.

Ultimately, fans can really only argue that Charlie Austin as a substitute option may have swung the game our way.

I think it was the right decision, the chances of any one of them having a telling impact on the match given they won’t yet 100% know the rest of the team, or our preferred tactics, was unlikely and given we opened the season with victory, the old adage is you don’t change a winning team unless you have to.

Our newbies need to earn their place first, not expect to have one.

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