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The Baggies have established a reputation as a yo yo club. And now, as Terry Wills observes, it looks like the Status Quo is being retained – Down, Down.

So here we are. Twelve games into the season. Christmas is fast looming on the horizon with all its implications. Shops, department stores, and online companies, all sending out the same pleading message. “We offer the best deals, bargains galore, you won’t find a better deal anywhere”!

But for Baggies fans I reckon many will be wishing and hoping that Tony Mowbray’s ‘bargain’ shopping list will be delayed until January 1st 2009 when hopefully he’ll be able to ‘cherry pick’ two or three bargain signings.

More likely they’ll be promising Premiership quality players who’s manager feels would benefit from a loan spell at the Hawthorns?

Without a shadow of doubt, and I hate having to admit this, unless the squad is strengthened sufficiently, courtesy of at least one proven striker, and two ball winning midfielders, our glorious rise from being crowned Championship winners last season can only result in having to replicate that success come May 2010.

Forget Old Trafford, The Emirates, and Anfield. They’ll become a short lived nostalgic memories but then I daresay that among Hawthorns regulars there are a sizeable number of Baggies fans who hold the same opinion. Stressing, “ It’s our own fault. We knew the weakness’ and where the team needed strengthening. But we didn’t and if that means reverting back to trips to the likes of Burnley, Blackpool, Barnsley, Watford, and possibly Scunthorpe, we’ll simply have to grin and bear it”

The facts are stark and ominously clear. We’re rock bottom of the League table. Have scored a miserable 10 goals from these twelve games while conceding 21.
Meaning a minus eleven-goal difference that’s a disaster in its own right. A position that unless rectified, sooner rather than later, means that come season’s end the chances of finding three other teams worse than the Baggies will become virtually impossible.

On the ‘bright’ side we can take comfort that after Saturday’s game we will have played, on current form, the five top clubs in the Premiership.

To lose to the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Aston Villa, and almost certainly (!) on Saturday, Chelsea wasn’t unexpected. Any points from such games would, for Tony Mowbray, be reluctantly acceptable.

What most certainly is cause for concern and frustration is failing to take maximum points from home games against the likes of Hull City and Blackburn Rovers.

Having to be ‘content’ with a solitary point, and that against a 10- man Rovers side, who agonisingly equalised in the last minute, REALLY (being polite) ‘brassed off’ every fan who know only to well that failure to win our home games could ultimately proved disastrous.

The infuriating realisation is that while Albion’s style of football is much admired by the bulk of the footballing fraternity, television and radio commentators/ analysts, press reporters, and even though they’ve beaten us (!) Opposition supporters are quick to praise the quality instilled into any Tony Mowbray team.

This was the familiar scenario in the 3-0 defeat suffered at the hands of Liverpool, a forecast I gloomily predicted prior to the kick off. (Oh ye of little faith Terry!)

Twenty or so minutes of possession football, sadly without creating any genuine scoring opportunities for Ishmael Miller and Roman Bednar paired together in a 4-4-2 formation. Baggies fans, as expected baiting Robbie Keane, which to me has always been counter productive, bearing in mind his goal scoring record against Albion.

A creaky looking defence looking vulnerable to any swift Liverpool attacks. Scott Carson not having the best of games magnified by a dash of blood to the head as he rushed aimlessly towards the edge of the penalty area in the process allowing the grateful Mr Keane to slot home his second goal.

For me I felt ‘Tiny’ Miller continued to improve on his recent wretched form when a the possibility of seeing his name on the score sheet was as likely as Tony Mowbray being given an open cheque book to sign any player that took his fancy.

Since then he’s netted twice and even against a strong Liverpool defence his pace and powerful running did cause them problems. Long may this improvement continue?

In view of the Baggies recognised lack of a ball winning midfielder, when after a prolonged injury absence of eight months we saw Filipe Teixeira make his long awaited return as a substitute, he confirmed that despite his lack of stature he’s prepared to mix it with the best of them. Welcome back ‘Tex’ the supporters and no doubt Tony Mowbray (!) have missed you.

This week, well there’s little or no chance of climbing away from the foot of the table after our second successive 5-30 kick off match. Yes Chelsea may have suffered a shock Carling Cup defeat against Championship Burnley albeit after one those agonising penalty shoot out’s that are great if you win, but terrible should you lose!

But we live in hope and who knows, just PERHAPS after the next few games, we’ll have the opportunity at scanning a league table showing we’ve made inroads against teams who at present are just a mere three points above Albion?

"Come on you Baggies".



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