West Brom boss Steve Bruce sets challenge to players with play-offs still in sight

Baggies boss Steve Bruce believes a play-off place could still be within their grasp – but said Saturday’s trip to Bristol City is a must-win game

West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Bruce has urged his players to follow up last night’s (15 March) impressive 1-0 win over Championship league leaders Fulham with victory at Bristol City on Saturday.

Callum Robinson’s first goal since the beginning of January was enough to hand Albion a huge and well deserved three points at the Hawthorns and keep their promotion aspirations alive

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The Baggies are 12th and six points off sixth place, and Steve Bruce has demanded they back up last night’s performance when they travel to Bristol on Saturday.

West Brom manager Steve Bruce

Following the game, Bruce, said: “We’ve taken seven points out of nine and now the pressure is on all of us at Bristol City on Saturday. Can we repeat that performance? Who knows?” said Bruce.

“There are probably too many teams chasing but we have to win at Bristol on Saturday before the international break.”

Bruce believes the recent 2-0 home defeat to Swansea could have been a turning point.

“There have been a few harsh truths spoken. It was not acceptable and I think they realised that too with the performance against Swansea,” he added.

“You can get beaten but it’s the manner of it that counts and since then it’s been better. Maybe that was the low point. I hope it is anyway.”

The only goal of the game came in the 63rd minute. Antonee Robinson carelessly gave the ball away to Grant, who threaded Callum Robinson through to slot past Rodak from a tight angle.

Just before the goal, Fulham had their first real chance as Harry Wilson curled fractionally wide from just inside the box.

After it, Aleksandar Mitrovic fired wide for the visitors, but it was not Fulham’s night.

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