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Huddersfield 1-0 West Brom: Baggies boss Valerien Ismael urges his team to show killer instinct after suffering fourth straight away defeat

Daily Mail
Daily Mail
 2021-11-20

Frustrated West Brom boss Valérien Ismaël has demanded his players show their killer instinct after a dismal defeat at Huddersfield further dented their promotion hopes.

Terriers' striker Daniel Sinani scored the only goal early on, but Albion dominated possession without a cutting edge and saw skipper Jake Livermore shown a controversial red card.

'It was a strange game,' said Ismaël who watched his side lose for a fourth time in a row away from home.

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Valerien Ismael has seen his team lose its last straight four away games in the league

'You can lose a game and deserve it but today when you watch the whole 90 minutes it was a good game for us.

'There were two penalties we could have had and a red card that was never a red card. But even with 10 men we tried to the end to score.

'We dominate opponents but we need to score to win.

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West Brom had captain Jake Livermore sent off in the second half of a miserable afternoon

'We have the mentality to score at any time. The final passes, the quality, the focus and the desire. We are frustrated and have to transform that on the pitch.

'We need to be less hectic in our decision-making and have a massive desire to score. We just need that killer instinct to score a goal.”

Albion are expected to appeal the red card shown to Livermore for a high foot in the second half.

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Matt Phillips (left) and Albion struggled to break down Huddersfield in the 1-0 loss
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Daniel Sinani (third left) scored the only goal of the game as Huddersfield beat West Brom

MATCH FACTS

Huddersfield (3-4-3): Nicholls; Colwill, Sarr, Pearson; Turton, Toffolo, High, O'Brien; Ward (Campbell 68), Thomas, Sinani

Subs not used: Schofield, Ruffels, Aarons, Russell, Koroma, Odubeko

Manager: Carlos Corberan

Goals: Sinani (6)

Booked: Turton

West Bromwich Albion (3-4-2-1): Johnstone; Clarke, Bartley, Kipre; Gardner-Hickman, Townsend, Livermore, Mowatt (Molumbi 75); Phillips (Furlong 82); Diangana (Hugill 61), Grant

Subs not used: Button, Ajayi, Reach, Robinson

Manager: Valerien Ismael

Goals:

Booked: Kipre, Diangana

'The footage of the foul is clear.

'It is a foul but it is a yellow and not a red,' he added.

The defeat leaves The Baggies eight points behind second-placed Bournemouth but Town’s win puts them right back in the mix behind the chasing pack.

'It was a very important win,' said Terriers boss Carlos Corbéran.

'We knew how tough and how difficult it was going to be.

'Physically, technically and mentally it was very hard today.

'We knew they are a team that you can’t lose concentration and focus against.

'Our understanding was good but we couldn’t impose ourselves enough and use the room the gave us.

'Everyone was really good.

The only target this year is to be a competitive team against any kind of opponent and I’m still learning how to prepare for these very demanding games.

'When you are playing at support of the fans is key.

'The fans create a very positive atmosphere that help the team to compete well.'

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