West Brom manager Valerien Ismael singles out just one positive from Derby loss

Valerien Ismael blasted his side following the 1-0 loss to Derby County on Moday

West Bromwich Albion manager Valerien Ismael claims that there is only one positive he can take from Monday’s 1-0 loss to Derby County.

The Albion boss had an intense aura around him in his post-match press conference and was clearly angry at the 90 minutes he had just witnessed.

Baggies had 19 shots to Derby’s three on the day and yet probably wouldn’t have scored if they were still playing at the time you’re reading this article.

There was no spark, no creativity and the performance somewhat made the dismal weather on Monday afternoon look cheerful.

And it had left the West Brom Head Coach seething. He slammed his fists down on the desk numerous times throughout his short six minute post-match press conference and questioned the mentality of his side.

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“It’s all about the mentality,” Ismael said.

“It’s all about showing another mentality, another desire.

“When a player wakes up in the morning, he needs to wake up and ask himself why he does the job, where he wants to be in six months, where he wants to be in one year, in two years time.

“They need to show the desire to make things happen.”

The angry Baggies boss went on to add that there was only one plus point from the entire game and that came in the shape of the two youngsters, Tom Fellows and Taylor Gardner-Hickman who were introduced midway through the second-half.

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“The only positive things today are the young lads that come in and did exactly what we said,” he explained.

“They got to the line, one v one situations and created chances but it wasn’t enough.

“At some point I have to tell the truth.

“I will always protect my players when the feeling is there and they do the right thing I will always protect my players but tonight it was not enough.

“Everyone in the stadium saw this tonight - it was not enough to pretend we can get in the top two tonight.”

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