June 24, 2024

Despite losing to fourth-place Ipswich Town twice throughout the game, most notably in the third minute of stoppage time, West Bromwich Albion left Portman Road with a point.

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The Baggies have lost twice and only won twice in their last five league games, exhibiting erratic play in recent weeks. Before this weekend’s round of games, the Midlands team’s lead over their opponents was eleven points, and it remained that way until the referee’s final whistle.

As the game neared its conclusion and extra time was added, West Bromwich Albion had the ideal opportunity to gain some ground on Kieran McKenna’s ailing team and were poised to take all three points back to The Hawthorns. The Tractor Boys were currently in free fall.

Within the first twenty minutes, young Tom Fellows gave the visitors the lead, and Carlos Corberan’s team led by one goal at the half. But just after the half, Nathan Broadhead tied the score for the home team, and 14 minutes from the end, John Swift scored what appeared to be the winning goal for West Brom.

Omari Hutchinson, a Chelsea loanee, tied the score in the third minute of stoppage time, but the Baggies were unable to hold on to the three points. For the second time in the match, West Brom mishandled a set-piece clearance, which ultimately cost the side the win.

After the game, Corberan addressed the club’s media and acknowledged that his team was often on the defensive and that they didn’t pose enough of a danger to Ipswich’s box:

In certain situations, we may not have created or attacked enough, but in other situations, we may have handled the game adequately.

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“We were playing defense against a side with excellent attacking play for far too long.

“I appreciate the guys’ dedication and effort in the game. The two injuries caused us to experience some challenging times.

“To start with, Bartley was an important player today in terms of set-pieces and key area defense,” he went on.

“In the second half, we lost our striker Daryl Dike after we fell to Bartley. The group worked very hard to make up for these setbacks.

“The more you defend against Ipswich, the less chance you have to win the game.”

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