Bilic playing it safe despite West Brom opening up six-point gap

Date published: Thursday 13th February 2020 7:10 - Robert McCarthy

West Brom head coach Slaven Bilic played down his side’s Sky Bet Championship title hopes after their 2-1 win at Reading extended their lead at the top of the table to six points.

Albion went behind in the 11th minute when defender Kyle Bartley handled in the area and George Puscas slotted home the penalty.

Matheus Pereira equalised midway through the first half as Albion dominated possession and Bartley atoned for his earlier error by heading in what turned out to be the winner four minutes into the second period.

Albion’s third successive victory gives them a six-point lead at the top of the second tier but Bilic was playing down their achievements.

“To be fair, the key is not to talk about this,” Bilic said. “About the six points or a gap or this or that.

“If it was just two games to go, then definitely. But there is still a long way to go.

“So this is nothing, no talk of a gap or whatever. That is the only way to do it.

“Reading have a good team with good players but, to be fair, we limited them, especially the last 20 minutes when they were risking more.

“It wasn’t as if it was like the Alamo. We limited them to a few situations and, apart from those, we kept them away from our goal.

“The only negativity is that, after our second goal, we should have put this game to bed. We had enough chances but we were a bit casual or sloppy.

“We wanted to score, we weren’t trying to be over clever and walking the ball into the goal. It’s just that some of our shots were not good and, with some, we were extremely unlucky.

“And some of the shots, Reading blocked them really well. But, still, it was a good performance from us.”


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