'Pressure on them' - West Brom and Hull City dealt promotion verdict ahead of final day

Carlos Corberan is hoping to guide West Brom to a Championship play-off place. Hull City are right behind them. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)Carlos Corberan is hoping to guide West Brom to a Championship play-off place. Hull City are right behind them. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
Carlos Corberan is hoping to guide West Brom to a Championship play-off place. Hull City are right behind them. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images) | Getty Images
West Brom are hoping to be involved in the Championship play-offs next week.

Former Nottingham Forest and Southampton midfielder David Prutton says the pressure is on West Brom this weekend.

The Baggies go in to their final match of the season with their play-off place not yet secure. Sheffield Wednesday inflicted a 3-0 defeat on to Carlos Corberan's men at the weekend with Norwich City overtaking them in fifth following a 2-2 draw with Swansea City.

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Hull drew 2-2 with automatic promotion chasing Ipswich Town and still have a chance of breaking in to the top six at West Brom and Norwich's expense. The Tigers are just a point behind West Brom and face Plymouth Argyle who are trying to avoid relegation.

West Brom face Preston North End who are currently 10th in the division at The Hawthorns. Norwich are away at Birmingham City who more than likely will need to win to preserve their second tier status.

“I really do think so,” responded Prutton when asked if Hull could chase down West Brom.

“One win in seven I think it is for the Baggies. You look at the atmosphere at the MKM Stadium on Saturday that is as loud as I've heard that stadium in a very long time. Cracking game of football, a bonkers game.

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“It does leave it open. Given the fact we've got teams in and around both ends of the table in action looking at that final spot, I think it's a fascinating way to end the season.

“West Brom seemingly fifth in the division for months and months and months. Going in to that final day with the pressure on them. Hull City have just got to go for it, they're down at Plymouth with no second chances. As many attacking players on the pitch as possible and just see what happens.

“Whereas for West Brom, there's maybe a bit of trepidation given the position they have found themselves in just a few weeks back when it seemed absolutely bang cemented on for them to be in the top six come the end of the season. Hull City have doggedly stuck at it.”

Liam Rosenior was nominated for the Championship Manager of the Year at the EFL Awards earlier this month. Kieran McKenna ended up winning that award, but the Sky Sport hosts believes that Rosenior still deserves some plaudits for the job he has done this season.

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Prutton was born in Hull, and also played for Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday, as well as Coventry City. He made just under 500 appearances of senior level football and said what the mind set of both players would be going into their final day fixtures.

He added: “I think it's a great achievement for Liam Rosenior given the fact they're going up against three former Premier League clubs in a team in Norwich, a team in West Brom that really should be in and around the play-offs and obviously the outlier being Ipswich and how well they've done.

“For Liam Rosenior's side and the development we've seen from them to be in that shout come the last day of the season is a terrific achievement. There's an onus on them, there's a positivity to them. If you're in the West Brom camp this week you want it to be played right now to get it over and done with and get yourself boxed off in the play-offs.

“For Hull City you can enjoy the build-up off the back of that performance on Saturday, take it in to the final day and just see what happens.”

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