“It’s embarrassing” – West Brom boss Ismael highlights critical issue

Valerien Ismael West Brom

Valerien Ismael has claimed that individual mistakes cost West Brom as they were thrashed 3-0 by promotion-pushing Fulham.

A hat-trick from Aleksandar Mitrovic claimed all three points for Fulham as West Brom suffered their third loss of the season. The game had it all, with a controversial penalty decision and both sides having a man ordered off. However, Ismael highlighted individual errors as the reason for his side’s loss.

Speaking after the game, Ismael said: “I’ve told the players we make too many mistakes. When you make a mistake against a top team you will be punished.

“You can have the best game-plan, prepare well. If you make a mistake you kill yourself in the game.

“It’s embarrassing for us to make mistakes over and over again.”

West Brom defended poorly in the build-up to Fulham winning a penalty, and Mitrovic’s second goal was gifted to him by a poor Robert Snodgrass error.

The experienced midfielder carelessly saw his backwards pass intercepted by the Serbian, who calmly finished to make it two. 

Despite Fulham being promotion rivals for them this season, Ismael insisted it is still too early to panic over the loss.

“We need to look at ourselves and make it better on Wednesday,” added the Baggies boss.

“There is still a long way to go in the Championship. We don’t need to overreact. We need to stay focused so we improve quickly.”

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Ismael refuses to blame controversial decision

Ismael refused to discuss the controversial penalty that led to Fulham’s opener on Saturday.

Referee Michael Salisbury pointed to the spot after Kyle Bartley clashed with the Serbian striker. However, replays showed the challenge was well-timed, and that the ball was won fairly.

Despite this, Ismael refused to blame his side’s loss on the poor decision.

He said: “I don’t want to speak about the referee’s decisions. It’s our fault. Before the penalty we lost the ball and I’m more angry about that.”