West Bromwich Albion 4 - Preston North End 1
Weird game, strange situation and atmosphere.
Delighted to see Brunt, Hegazi and Gibbs return but was worried about the 3-5-2.
On the plus side for us, the whole team seemed to finally get the memo about not taking chances at the back so we looked solid for most of the game - I just felt we lacked quality in the middle and in advanced positions out wide.
We were quite dominant but going nowhere until Gayle peeled off and was found with an arching dipping 40 yard pass from Brunt to volley home. A great finish but the pass was the best I can recall in 5 years or more and my view of it from the back of the Smethwick was perfect.
We didn’t look back from there and despite being a bit rubbish went in 3 up at half time.
2nd half was more even, especially when Hegazi went off but we got vital minutes into Phillips, Gayle got a deserved 3rd and we saw it out.
The 3-5-2 wasn’t as bad as I feared when we cut out all the tippy tappy rubbish and JRod often dropped into midfield.
On to the next one. Neil looks very likely. Whoever it is we need to keep momentum up.
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