Home / World News / Baggies boss Ismael bemoans lack of goals

Baggies boss Ismael bemoans lack of goals

West Brom boss Valerien Ismael says bolstering his strikeforce will be his biggest priority in the January transfer window following a 0-0 draw at Barnsley.

The Baggies have the Championship’s best defensive record this season but failed to find the net for a fourth time in their last six contests during a wasteful night at Oakwell on Friday.

Striker Jordan Hugill, who has only netted once this term, squandered the night’s best opportunity when he sidefooted a six-yard shot straight at covering home defender Callum Brittain and Ismael admitted he felt like a “broken record” as he assessed his side’s attacking shortcomings afterwards.

The former Barnsley boss said: “It’s fairly obvious – if you don’t score, you don’t win and I’m like a broken record every week. We play well and create chances, but it’s all about the desire to get a goal.

“Players have to take responsibility at some point and not be sloppy in front of goal. It’s frustrating because we should have taken three points and it’s all about getting the job done.

“We have the gameplan and the players to follow it but, while the visibility and weather conditions were not great, we’ve got to show a killer instinct to get the points.”

Poya Asbaghi, whose Barnsley team is the lowest scorers in the division, also lamented his side’s potency, but was pleased with the defensive determination that meant they extended an unbeaten run against the Baggies at Oakwell that stretches back 74 years to 1947.

“It was a real, physical battle and we knew we were playing against one of the toughest teams in the league who play that way, but we stood up to the fight and worked hard to get the clean sheet,” said Asbaghi.

“When you are in these types of games, though, you have to play better offensively.

“Against a team that is physically superior, you have to be smarter and faster on the ball and use your counter-attacks in a better way. We didn’t do that, which meant we had to stand up and fight for all of the game.”

About brandsauthority

Check Also

Rental crisis forcing people into homelessness and living in their cars

Australia’s rental crisis is forcing more and more people into homelessness and extreme measures to …

%d bloggers like this: