West Brom v Coventry City: Baggies look to bounce back from defeat in Midlands derby

Steve Bruce will be looking for a reaction from his players after their Easter Monday defeat

West Bromwich Albion will be looking to bounce back from their 4-0 Easter Monday defeat to Nottingham Forest when they take on Coventry City this weekend.

The West Midlands derby takes place at The Hawthorns (23 April) on Saturday, and the Baggies can go above Coventry into 11th place with a win.

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Steve Bruce will be looking for a reaction from his players after the heavy defeat at the City Ground earlier this week.

Forest cruised into a dominant position after West Broms Darnell Furlong had collected a second yellow card in only the 17th minute, following up a foul on Philip Zinckernagel by handling a James Garner shot in the area.

Brennan Johnson converted the penalty and Ryan Yates added another with a 23rd-minute header, before Colback hit a spectacular volley from the tightest of angles, wide on the left, and Sam Surridge completed the scoring for Steve Cooper’s side.

Following the game, Bruce critised referee David Webb.

He said: “I’ve seen the penalty incident.

“Furs (Furlong) is on the ground and his head’s looking away at the goal. It hits his arm, yes. You give a penalty, but do you have to show a yellow card? A sending off… then the game evaporates.”

He also felt a throw-in decision should have gone their way in the build-up to the second goal.

He added: “The debacle over the throw-in was ridiculous, the assistant flagged that it was our throw. The ref’s overruled him. Then Forest score from the corner. They are two awful decisions.”

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