West Bromwich Albion came away from Portman Road with a point against fourth-place Ipswich Town, but let the lead slip twice throughout the match, including in the third minute of stoppage time.
The Baggies have been on an inconsistent run of form in recent weeks, winning just two of their previous five league outings while also losing twice. The gap between the Midlands outfit and Saturday’s opponents was eleven points heading into this weekend’s round of fixtures and stayed this way by the referee’s final whistle.
With the Tractor Boys in free fall at the moment, West Bromwich Albion had the perfect opportunity to gain some points on Kieran McKenna’s struggling side and looked set to take all three points back to The Hawthorns as the game ticked over into added time at the end of the game.
Young Tom Fellows opened the scoring for the visitors inside the first twenty minutes as Carlos Corberan’s men went in one goal to the good at the break. However, Nathan Broadhead equalised for the hosts straight after the interval before John Swift found what looked like a winning goal for West Brom 14 minutes from the end.
However, the Baggies failed to hold onto the three points as Ipswich equalised in the third minute of stoppage time through Chelsea loanee Omari Hutchinson to share the spoils. West Brom failed to properly clear their lines from a set-piece for the second time during the game which ultimately cost the team the victory.
Speaking to club media after the match, Corberan admitted that his side didn’t threaten Ipswich’s box enough and found themselves on the back foot for prolonged periods of time:
“We managed the game well in some moments and maybe in others, we didn’t create enough or attack enough.
“We were defending for too long against one team which has a lot of quality in attack.
“I value the effort and the commitment the players put into the game. We had a couple of difficult moments with the two injuries.
“Bartley first, who was a key a player today in terms of set-pieces and defending in their key areas,” he continued.
“After we lost Bartley, we lost our striker Daryl Dike in the second half. The team put a lot of effort in to compensate these difficulties.
“Against Ipswich, the more that you defend, the less of a chance you have of winning the game.”
It was like Groundhog Day for West Bromwich Albion in the second half. The side conceded extremely similar goals which cost the team much-needed three points against Ipswich Town. This will be something Corberan needs to work on in training.
Nevertheless, the Spanish coach is correct in his assessment that the Baggies sat off their opponents for too long during the game, recording merely 35% of the ball. Against teams at the top end of the table, the Baggies need to show more attacking impetus if they want to earn promotion back to the Premier League.