Giving his analysis to EFL on Quest from 9pm onwards on Saturday 13th April, Michael Brown provided his assessment of West Brom’s two top goal scorers Dwight Gayle and Jay Rodriguez, whilst also issuing his thoughts on the Baggies’ win over Preston.
West Brom have endured a topsy-turvy period over the last month with the sacking of Darren Moore throwing the club’s play-off hopes up in the air.
James Shan had won his opening three matches in charge, only to suffer woeful defeats at the hands of Millwall and Bristol City. However, they were able to bounce back against Preston last weekend as the club got their promotion bid back on track.
Gayle was the pick of the West Brom players, helping himself to a hat-trick as the Baggies ran riot at the Hawthorns.
Speaking to Quest after the game, pundit Michael Brown picked up on a historic statistic whilst also talking about the club’s promotion chances.
“To have two strikers both scoring 21 goals. I think the last time [that happened] was the 57/58 season when they last saw it – I think it was Bobby Robson. It’s such a long time since that happened and West Brom needed this type of result. Yes, Preston weren’t great but that will have put them back in that feel good factor and promotion push.”
To think that West Brom aren’t even in the top two when they possess two strikers with over 20 goals this season is quite remarkable.
But it says a lot more about what’s gone on behind closed doors than it does their performances on the pitch.
Moore arguably got his tactics wrong on multiple occasions this season by not playing the duo in a front two, but despite that West Brom had still managed to occupy fourth place at the time of his dismissal.
His sacking hasn’t improved matters and there is a sense the Midlands club may still struggle to go up. There might be more positivity after the Preston result but their inconsistency and events off the pitch will not help their cause.
When it comes to the play-offs, it’s all about which team has the most momentum. At the moment, that isn’t West Brom.