With a typically dull September international break getting in the way of West Bromwich Albion’s pretty decent start to the 2019/20 Championship campaign under new head coach Slaven Bilic, Saturday’s return to action saw us travel to Craven Cottage to face Fulham.
The hosts dominated the game and had more of the ball and efforts on target, but having taken the lead four minutes into the second period, we made our chance count as Semi Ajayi got the leveller ten minutes from full time to secure us a point and keep our unbeaten start to the year going.
Speaking to the BBC following the full time whistle, Bilic was obviously delighted with the point given how the game played out, but he knew it had been a poor performance from us initially, but he was pleased with how we approached the second half and picked our own game up as the match came to a close.
“We knew we would have to defend aggressively with numbers but, for the first hour, we lost the majority of the 50-50 balls. Then we change the mindset to what would we wanted it to be at the start and then we could smell that it was only a matter of time before we capitalised. They ended up more happy to hear the final whistle, which means something, especially here away, but we have to be that way from the very first minute. We were in their box with numbers and Semi was hungry to score. The lad is totally focused. He has been marvellous for us.”
On to the next one now, but hopefully with another win.