Date: 15th May 2019 at 12:25am
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West Bromwich Albion had it all to do tonight as we welcomed rivals Aston Villa to The Hawthorns for the second leg of our Championship Play-Off Semi-Final tie.

Having opened the scoring at Villa Park through Dwight Gayle, the hosts hit back twice to take a 2-1 advantage but the game wasn’t without controversy with Gayle’s red card for two bookable offences, and the two penalty shouts on the day.

It was first leg repeated in many ways. Craig Dawson gave us the lead in the first half and we again found ourselves reduced to ten men with Chris Brunt’s sending off and as the scores remained level going into penalties, they nicked it.

We weren’t great, many say we won the night, but we reaped what we sowed over the summer with a lack of investment from a none interested owner. Sorry, they deserved the win on the balance of play and possession and chances and our Board’s cheap arsed approach to demanding ‘automatic promotion’.

The fans can be proud, Shan can be proud (Darren Moore should be proud in giving us the shot in the first place) but I don’t buy into ‘unjust decisions’ as a catch all even though Gayle’s sending off was so weak it was laughable.

You get what you deserve, the Play-Offs weren’t enough for our owner – you set the standard from the top and when your standard is Dreamland based, you get what you deserve – fans have to suffer.

After what we saw at Villa last summer and the financial rumours going around about us, let’s hope it’s the owner who pays (for a change) and not us.

Some players take the credit (apart from those running the dressing room), the fans certainly do for the atmosphere on the night, but if the standards and interest aren’t right from the top, sell up you Mr None Interested and move on and give someone with a plan (not someone focused on their bank balance) a chance.

I repeat Moore and Shan deserve credit.

Speaking to the BBC following the fulltime whistle, interim head coach Jimmy Shan said of the match and the way things played out.

“We’ve been on the end of some unjust decisions over the course of the two ties but you just have to accept it. The momentum was with us. But for the lads to go down to 10 men again and perform they did was a credit to them. Their work ethic has been excellent since from the moment I took over and we can be proud of the effort that has been put in. The fans were magnificent too. They can be proud of the way they got behind their team. The atmosphere was electric.”

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6 Replies to “Face Facts, Villa Deserved It & West Brom Fans Didn’t, But Our None Existent Owner Does”

  • sore looser boing boing, rod cheated us out of 3 points and u whinge over a real foul, you may have had half a chance if ur lot wernt kicking the s hit out of us and getting sent off for 2 games, utv

    • Yes, I see now that you you don’t want to work in the media as you clearly don’t even sufficient talent to do that.

      Instead you you run this site as click bait and make money out of your own fans and who knows how viruses they pick up from the clicks.

      You profit with your unique one eyed villaesque support for the Albion and the rest of us will go and pay our money and support them.

      And to the gbvilla82, it’s loser not looser.

      Get yourself and greasy jack a dictionary and maybe he’ll find the definition of cheat and dive.

      • So another adult approach to a comment, perchance you spend your life on social media hiding behind a pseudonym just abusing people to feel relevant. Maybe you should try reading more than one article you disagree with because it doesn’t suit your polemic perception on life before accusing me of clickbait, which is a laugh in itself, as is the Villaesque accusation – I’m not going to say Leeds deserved the win because we weren’t playing them – I just happen to believe we are being badly run by a non-interested owner and he’s got exactly what he deserved with that result, even though the fans definitely didn’t deserve it. But balance clearly isn’t your thing obviously.

        As for the virus accusation, look in a mirror or at your other browsing history, Vitalfootball has been going for over 15 years and I’ve been with them for most of it and ironically, it’s only you that seems to have a problem.

        Funny that. Maybe you just don’t read in the future if I so inflame your sensitivities?

  • The power of writing lies in it being based on truth.
    And truth always elicits a reaction.
    Jsam can’t handle it.

  • Jsam, if you want to try again without the childish language given all ages read this site, please feel free. If you don’t, I doubt it’ll be missed. For the record I don’t work in the media and nor do I want to, I’ve been running this site for going on a decade, if not longer.

    I call it how I see it. Moore was hung out to dry over the summer IF only the top two was acceptable to our Board and owner.

    I don’t care if it was Villa or Yeovil, we had some big performances from some players last night and Sam Johnstone stopped that from being embarrassing come the end when they could actually get a shot on target.

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