West Brom’s sensational 3-2 win over Queens Park Rangers this week left them in fourth place and right in the title race – they are just three points shy of leaders Norwich City – with Jake Livermore’s injury-time winner ensuring the Baggies took all three points back to The Hawthorns.
The B71 outfit might have been relegated from the Premier League last season but they have come a long way since then – Darren Moore has introduced an exciting brand of football that is clearly working for the Baggies who, in previous campaigns in the top flight, had garnered a reputation for being a physical, visually unappealing side.
Moore has experimented with a number of different formations in his attempts to find the perfect formula, but each of these has shared an insistence on building up attacks from the back, which has, at times, cost his side as their opponents press and force errors.
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Equally though, the high-risk high-reward approach has won his side games that they surely wouldn’t have done had they not played in such a way.
Moore certainly has no intention of changing his team’s style, regardless of the mistakes sometimes born from it. The 44-year-old said, via The Birmingham Mail:
“It’s how we want to play. Unfortunately when you want to play the game, which I feel is in the right way, you’re going to get these hiccups and bumps in the road.
“We don’t want them (mistakes), but this way of playing has made us the leading scorers in the division.”
Here’s how the West Brom faithful reacted to Moore’s firm stance on Twitter….
We asr seeing these mistakes every match, if it wasn’t for the mistakes made when playing out from the back we would be running away with this league now.
— simon cooper (@sicoop01) February 22, 2019
But…if it wasn’t for building from the back, we wouldn’t have scored 30 goals we have scored by pulling the opposition out of shape and creating the space in the final third to exploit
— Chris Greatholder (@albioncoaching) February 22, 2019
Quite right. Stick to your principals.
— Dominic Hill (@DomHill83) February 21, 2019
Keep to your philosophy, It’s up to the players to learn from mistakes not the manager conceding defeat in his believes cause a mistake.
Man City have spent over £240m getting it right , don’t expect the same levels at B71
— Andy Neale (@Sparra06_) February 22, 2019
I like the philosophy of playing from the back it’s that or revert to pulisaurus style of play but if we do go up and carry on making these mistakes we are making every single game we will concede 100 goals by Christmas in the prem fact
— jason (@bigjase83) February 22, 2019
Don’t stop it all together but pick when to do it and when not to. Sheff Utd game is all about the press they’ve got energy all over the pitch get the ball forward early Saturday to beat the press. COYB
— Stuart (@Kirby86Stuart) February 22, 2019
Love the football Big Dave is playing.
We were absolutely crying out for more possession and attacking football since the dark ages of pulis. Praise be to Moore and entertaining football!!
— Freddie (@theFreddieT) February 22, 2019
I don’t see why it has to be one or the other. If there is no one on or all are marked then play a longer ball. You don’t need to play it out to a man who has the potential to lose the ball. Dawson is not a ball playing CB, he can practise all he wants, it won’t happen
— Jase B (@WBA78part2) February 22, 2019