Bilic rues ‘very fine margins’ that cost West Brom result they ‘deserved’

Date published: Saturday 12th December 2020 6:16 - Samuel Bannister

Slaven Bilic was frustrated by fine margins after claiming West Brom deserved a result against Newcastle.

West Brom suffered a 2-1 defeat at St James’ Park after their former striker Dwight Gayle headed in a winner in the final 10 minutes.

It was a big blow for the Baggies, who looked to be on course for a valuable point after Darnell Furlong had equalised early in the second half.

Bilic believes they had done enough to get a draw, but admitted they should have defended better for the winning goal.

“I think we deserved something from the game,” he said.

“We had a really bad start. We gave a cheap goal away in the first minute.

“In the first half they were stronger than us. They were first to the second balls. They were better in 50-50s.

“We had a much better mentality in the second half. We were brighter, stronger, better.


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“We equalised, and then the game became stretched after that. We had waves. They had waves.

“We were trying to get into the pockets with Filip [Krovinovic] and Conor [Gallagher].

“We kept getting into good situations, but we didn’t turn those situations into chances.”

Bilic unhappy with Gayle goal

He added: “They put one cross in and they scored the winner.

“We should’ve had enough bodies to stop it.

“We are all very disappointed. It was a game of very fine margins.

“We’re going home empty-handed and that hurts.”

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