Trio avoid blame as West Brom’s Shan reveals future plans after play-off loss

Date published: Wednesday 15th May 2019 10:46 - Samuel Bannister

Jimmy Shan refused to pin the blame on the players who missed penalties for West Brom, or sent-off captain Chris Brunt, despite their shootout exit to Aston Villa in the play-off semi-finals.

Villa were second best until Brunt’s dismissal and then failed to break the brave Baggies down in open play.

Dawson nodded in off the post after 29 minutes but Albion could not add to their lead despite chances for Jacob Murphy, Matt Phillips and Brunt.

Northern Ireland international Brunt, who was already on a yellow card, was dismissed for a reckless tackle on John McGinn and the Baggies’ hopes disappeared. They went on to lose 4-3 on penalties.

Caretaker boss Jimmy Shan, who replaced the sacked Darren Moore in March, must now have his future resolved after Albion missed the chance for an instant return to the Premier League.

He said: “We’ve had some informal discussions and there’s assurances they’ll be a coaching role in some capacity. I imagine they’ll heat up in the next couple of days.

“I’ll speak to the powers that be, I’ve got no plans to go away until early June.”

But Shan insisted he had no issues with Brunt’s dismissal.

He added: “Chris hasn’t got any qualms with it, neither have I. It changed things. We were very good, I thought we could have wrapped the tie up and we looked likely winners.”

Shan also refused to blame Holgate and Hegazi for their misses.

“They’re naturally distraught, when you’re in that position it’s very difficult to console them,” he said.

“We’d lost Stefan Johansen, Chris Brunt, Matty Phillips and Jay Rodriguez who would have all been penalty takers. Credit to both of them for stepping up.”


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