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Arsenal's young stars rewarded “real trust,” says Mikel Arteta

Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli scored in a 2-0 win over Newcastle. (Author: Gardener)

Mikel ArtetaMikel Arteta was delighted after his team had rewarded his trust (Zac Goodwin / PA). Bukayo Saka scored the first goal but hobbled with a thigh problem before replacement Gabriel Martinelli delivered a splendid second place. Arsenal were hammered 4-0 by Liverpool at Anfield last weekend, which resulted in a difficult week of training for the Gunners' rapidly developing talents. Newcastle offered organized resistance in the first half, but when Arsenal took advantage of their inner forward channels, the home side won in style as well as easily. "In the second half we had to be patient not to lose structure in our game," said Arsenal coach Arteta. “You have to try to give the players confidence after difficult moments - if not, it's not real trust. “I thought they deserved another chance and they did it today. "During the week they showed how much they were injured after that defeat and how much they wanted to remedy the situation today." Emile Smith Rowe could have put Arsenal ahead early in the game, only to face Martin Dubravka directly. Arsenal took aim at the canals after the break and rightly identified weaknesses in the Newcastle system. And the ruse paid off in full twice, so that boss Arteta was impressed by the strength of his team. "The finish and the combination of Bukayo and the composure of putting the ball in the right area was excellent," said Arteta. "And Gabby's great movement, run, also the ball, the technique of holding the ball down and having this quality at the end, it's impressive." Since Saka's injury concern was the only flaw on an otherwise positive day, Arteta added, “He said he felt something and was not comfortable moving on. Eddie Howe insisted his Newcastle side deserved a penalty when Callum Wilson went down in the Arsenal penalty area in the second half. Officials dismissed the incident both live and retrospectively, but Howe firmly believed Wilson would not have turned down a chance to shoot at goal. When asked if decisions were generally against his side, Howe said, “I'd say that's a fair assessment, but it's just my gut feeling. “If Callum gets the defender's side on goal, I don't think he's going to go down in this situation unless he's fouled. "The key moment came with this one-on-one." Newcastle have now leaked 29 goals in 13 Premier League games and remained both winless and bottom of the table. However, Howe still believes he can turn the situation upside down after taking the helm of St James ’Park. "If you lack confidence, of course you attract criticism, and we have to accept that and be broad-shouldered," he said. “But if we stay as committed as we are today, then we have a chance.

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Arsenal's Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli defeat a winless Newcastle

Newcastle's winless streak extended to 13 league games after Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli scored a 2-0 second-half win for Arsenal (Author: Gardener)

Bukayo SakaEddie Howe took a respectable first-half performance with him in his first game from the sidelines, but after the restart their opponents were too strong and scored nice goals through Bukayo Saka and his replacement Gabriel Martinelli. His side remain at the bottom, a fact few of Tyneside will mourn, while Arsenal retain interest in a top 4 spot after tossing aside any remnants of gloom from last weekend's heavy defeat at Liverpool. Arsenal had taken control from the 15-minute mark but a quick break in the half-hour ensured Ryan Fraser's delivery was cleared by the right-half. Jonjo Shelvey loves to feed on junk within firing range; his eyes shone as the ball broke at him from 25 yards and he fired a precise shot in the direction of the goal with a steady touch. Shelvey had one more try after the resulting corner, but this time Ramsdale grabbed an optimistic daisy cutter. There was no shame in hitting the wood from this distance, but that couldn't be said of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang four minutes before the break. The Arsenal captain has put up a candidate to miss the season and, to put it bluntly, it will add ammunition to proposals that he lose touch. Saka twisted to the left sideline and did an excellent job of putting a cross on Emile Smith Rowe for a header chance that should probably have been converted even for players lacking in air skills. Martin Dubravka saved well, but he must have cursed his luck when his parade fell straight on Aubameyang. The goal seemed certain, but Aubameyang kicked the left post with his side foot as every contact had to result in a goal. The early stages were mostly known for a series of wrestling matches between Callum Wilson and Gabriel Magalhães, but a beautifully swept pass from Sambi Lokonga towards Saka eventually opened Newcastle. Saka had the wrong side of Matt Ritchie and would have seriously worried Dubravka if he had made real contact. His finish missed the near post, but Arsenal took their cue to take some initiative. Shortly thereafter, Dubravka managed a flying save after a free kick from Martin Ødegaard, which he should have fought off despite acrobatics, and that was the sum of the actions until the crossbar, post and confusion intervened. Arsenal managed 12 attempts on goal in the first half, although some of them were wild. Saka corrected this after a far more convincing return from the hosts. He had already forced Dubravka to make another save after flying right-in when Saka found Smith Rowe in a tight position on the opposite side before going into the box. Smith Rowe located Nuno Tavares immediately and the left-back, whose reception had caused a surprise after a stormy performance on Anfield, rolled a clever right pass into the path of the oncoming Sakas. The angle was tight, but perfect for a low, raked drive into the back corner; Saka produced just that, and Arsenal had the breakthrough. In the 64th minute, Saka hobbled away after a knock and was replaced by Martinelli. The move didn't hurt Arsenal. Within 90 seconds, Takehiro Tomiyasu threw a neat first pass at Martinelli, who had come into the room on the right side of the box. Martinelli let the ball drop over his shoulder, watching it the whole time before helping him volley past Dubravka. Earlier, Wilson had run into a long pass from Shelvey but couldn't get a shot away under the attention of Gabriel and Tavares. Criminal complaints rightly fell on deaf ears; the game would soon vanish from Newcastle's reach, and while Ramsdale late saved Saint-Maximin from Allan, the extent of Howe's assignment is clear.

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Young Gunners sentenced returned Eddie Howe to defeat

Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle United: Bukayo Saka broke the dead end before Gabriel Martinelli replaced him and added a wonderful volley to sink an impotent Newcastle (Author: Gardener)

Young GunnersEddie Howe might finally have been able to take Newcastle in hand from the sidelines, but his lost stare did little to hide the misery that spread before him. Arsenal's momentum was shuddered to a halt in Liverpool last week but although they initially struggled to open Newcastle's rigid defenses they eventually drove to a comfortable 2-0 win in the Emirates when Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli came in the second half Goals scored. although an injury to the former Mikel Arteta will be cause for concern. It wasn't a disastrous performance from Newcastle, resilient for a while, improving in small increments - although Howe has been unable to lead training since being appointed due to a positive Covid test - but they are getting time for slow ones Already close to progress. Arsenal were well below their best performance but this was an important win to show the strength of their progression and the top four are within reach at least for now, only the goal difference keeps them under West Ham. Howe has promised to breathe new life into Newcastle's slice, but before the beauty you have to put order out of the chaos. And so, fittingly, when the rain fell and the cold got a little too cold, Newcastle began to duck into a defensive shell with 11 players behind the ball and challenge Arsenal to find a ray of hope. Despite all of Arsenal's possession orders, they initially struggled to get clear openings, with only Nuno Tavares advancing and surpassing the overlap with precious small end products. It took an exquisite chipped pass from Albert Sambi Lokonga to unlock Newcastle defense. Saka slipped on the back post and almost turned the ball over. Martin Odegaard, who replaced Alexandre Lacazette in the starting line-up, won a free-kick with a struggling run to the edge of the box, took it himself, forcing Martin Dubravka to make a theatrical but ultimately comfortable save. In fact, Newcastle, despite barely touching the ball, came closest early. Callum Wilson was always ready for the counterattack and came close to beating Arsenal's high line twice. And on a rare attempt in Arsenal's half, Newcastle worked the ball to Jonjo Shelvey on the edge of the box, whose curling shot forced Aaron Ramsdale to make a grand save, flew high to the left and toppled the ball on the crossbar. The ball fell perfectly at Aubameyang's feet but Arsenal's captain somehow conspired to hit the post from two meters away. He stared at the sky in disbelief, the crowd groaned and Tavares embodied the limit of Arsenal's imagination by lashing a series of ferocious long-range shots into the stands. But after the break, Arsenal's momentum was refreshed. They attacked fluidly, Tavares' runs got a new focus and it wasn't long before the breakthrough came. In a fantastic 16-pass move, Smith Rowe slipped in from the left and played a patient series of passes from the edge of the box before Tavares' first shot cleared Saka in the box. It left Newcastle with no choice but to toss numbers forward. Their cause was helped by an injury to Saka, who limped to a standing ovation and was replaced by Martinelli, and the simplest of the long balls provided almost instant response. Wilson wrestled with Gabriel, won the race, but lost his balance at Ramsdale's feet. The forward's appeals were dismissed by Stuart Attwell and Wilson was still protesting when Arsenal scored his second goal. Ben White found Takehiro Tomiyasu in the room on the sideline, and the full-back's pass went high over the Newcastle backline and was volleyed by Martinelli, who neatly guided the ball into the far corner. It was a fantastic finish and a clear reminder of the quality of the Brazilian who had largely starved for minutes this season. Newcastle didn't lie down and fight to the end but their comeback hopes have always been half-hearted. A tame curling shot from Allan Saint-Maximin made Ramsdale barely flinch and a heavy touch prevented Martinelli from having a second break. Howe went to the away fans to thank them for their full support, but there is little doubt about the size of the task ahead.

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Five Things We Learned When Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli Fired Gunners to Win

Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle: The hosts take their fourth home win in a row as Eddie Howe's side remain bottom of the Premier League (Author: Gardener)

Bukayo SakaArsenal returned to winning ways in the Premier League when goals from Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli gave them a 2-0 win over Newcastle United, who went without a win that season. Martin Odegaard forced Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka to make a good save to prevent an early free kick but that was then beaten by Arsenal colleague Aaron Ramsdale, who made a brilliant stop to take Jonjo Shelvey's curler toward the crossbar midway through the first half throw. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed a sitter from six yards to hit the outside post after Dubravka saved Emile Smith Rowe's header as Arsenal went into halftime in frustration. Saka's twisted finish from the corner in the 56th minute opened the goal before Martinelli came off the bench 10 minutes later for a brilliant first volley when a tasteless Newcastle side failed to return. After Arsenal's unbeaten run was shattered by Liverpool last weekend, the pressure was on Mikel Arteta's side to return to winning ways at home against the bottom of the Premier League. They started slowly but Arsenal showed enough attacking spirit in the second half to score an important win that put Arteta's side closer to the top four ahead of a difficult series of games. Home fans waited for their side to provide the first spark, but it quickly became apparent that Newcastle would not allow this as they lined up behind the ball to frustrate Arteta's side. Arsenal managed to create a few more clear chances, none more presentable than the one Aubameyang missed from six yards, but the fact that many of the hosts' attacks ended with speculative shots from their full-backs indicated that everything was not going to plan. The difference after half was thanks to Saka, who was Arsenal's standout player in the Emirates. That was the case on Arsenal's first goal, when Saka stormed to Smith Rowe's left and quickly exchanged passes with him and Tavares before passing Dubravka just before the hour. Shortly after Saka scored his second Premier League goal of the season to give his team the lead, Arsenal suffered a blow when the star striker pulled up with an apparent muscle injury. For some reason, Saka was told he could try to fix the problem, but the 20-year-old was barely able to run before getting eliminated for Martinelli in the middle of the second half. Arsenal will sweat that Saka didn't sustain a significant injury ahead of the busiest time of the season for Arteta's side. Starting with a trip to Old Trafford on Thursday December 2nd, Arsenal will face Manchester United, Everton, Southampton and West Ham within 14 days, with the games against United and West Ham potentially decisive to finish in the top four reach. Nicolas Pepe's return to full fitness comes at an important time, but Martinelli will also be pushing for more commitment in the coming weeks thanks to his brilliant second half. The question now is will he get the chance to show this if Saka is excluded before the trip to Old Trafford. Eddie Howe's Newcastle administration started with an entertaining 3-3 draw with Brentford last weekend in which the Magpies changed their approach from the days of former boss Steve Bruce and were much more positive in possession. It came at a price, however, as it kept the defense exposed. For Howe's first game on the sideline, Newcastle reverted to the type and was considerably more disciplined in his form in the Emirates. Howe has a reputation for being a progressive, attacking coach, but Newcastle's approach against Arsenal suggests the former Bournemouth boss is ready to sacrifice some of his principles in the short term to get Newcastle out of their bottom line predicament. It's ironic, of course, that a major reason Newcastle believers disliked Bruce was his defensive style of play, only that the announced Howe employed a similar strategy on one of the top teams in the Premier League. While Newcastle had some decent moments at break in the first half, the visitors were thoroughly outplayed when Arsenal shifted into gear in the second half when Howe's defensive plan backfired. Newcastle just didn't look like a side battling for points bottom-bottom in the Premier League - and the scale of the task Howe was facing was evident in the ease with which Arsenal pulled away. Of course, January's transfer market will be vital to their hopes of survival, but Howe urgently needs to agree on a plan that will earn Newcastle some points by then. Arsenal left-back Nuno Tavares had a rough evening at Anfield last weekend, responsible for possession of the ball for Liverpool's second goal in the 4-0 defeat, but Arteta showed confidence in the Portuguese by keeping him in his starting XI. With Kieran Tierney fully fit again, Tavares needed a statement to dispel any doubts and cement his place in Arteta's plans. A nice pass to Saka gave him a pivotal template for his team, but there were also plenty of moments that are sure to lead Arteta to choose Tierney ahead of the trip to Old Trafford on Thursday night. Despite being one of Arsenal's better outlets and filling some decent positions and channels on the left wing, Tavares was wasteful and his decision-making resulted in significant frustration among Arsenal fans. Tavares didn't have much to do on the defensive but he threw himself into a challenge for Callum Wilson as Newcastle broke forward resulting in Shelvey's shot which had to be propped on the crossbar by Ramsdale. He made up for himself with the assist, but Tierney is by far a more reliable option and it would be a mistake to leave him out before the trip to Old Trafford. A damp first half in the Emirates was saved by an entertaining duel between the two starting goalkeepers, with both Arsenal's Ramsdale and Newcastle's Dubravka showing remarkable saves to keep the score. While Ramsdale simply added another signature flight stop to his growing collection, Dubravka's show came at an important time, both for him personally and for Newcastle as a whole. The most notable change in Howe's second game was the Newcastle manager's decision to switch goalkeepers, with Dubravka handing over his first Premier League start of the season in place of Karl Darlow. Dubravka was eventually beaten in the second half, with Saka firing a shot to his left and Martinelli lofting the ball over him for the second, but his return is positive for Howe and certainly makes him the first choice over the often unpredictable Darlow.

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Five things we learned from Arsenal's 2-0 win over Newcastle

Arsenal eventually sailed to a 2-0 win over Newcastle in the Emirates on Sunday when Gabriel Martinelli made his claim and Bukayo Saka was injured. (Author: Gardener)

NewcastleArsenal finally sailed to a 2-0 win over Newcastle in the Emirates on Saturday when Gabriel Martinelli made his claim and Bukayo Saka was injured. It was a frustrating first half for the North London Gunners when Aaron Ramsdale knocked his team off again with a top save from Jonjo Shelvey's long-range attempt before Pierre-Emerick somehow missed Aubameyang from a few yards. After Martin Dubravka jumped to a top stop shortly before half-time after a header from Emile Smith Rowe, the ball fell to Aubameyang, who had left most of his goal on his own, but the captain could not use the gold chance. Arsenal Academy graduate Saka re-produced the goods in the second half to give the Gunners a head start when he finished a fine move with him, Smith Rowe and Nuno Tavares. In a major blow to Mikel Arteta ahead of his side's meeting with Manchester United next week, Saka was ousted with a suspected groin problem, with Gabriel Martinelli being brought in. Just moments after coming on, Martinelli volleyed a through ball home from Takehiro Tomiyasu and crowned the victory in style. Though Newcastle struggled to cause a lot of trouble for the Gunners, Arteta will have a lot to consider when his side bounced back from their 4-0 loss to Liverpool last week. Martinelli had chances in the Carabao Cup but didn't do enough to warrant a start in the team ahead of players like Saka or Smith Rowe. But the 20-year-old once again proved why the Gunners fan base cared so much for him when he produced a mesmerizing moment to put an end to Newcastle's hopes of getting back into the game. Should Saka be out for a certain time and Nicolas Pepe's formlessness, Martinelli could be saddened not to get more playing time in the hectic winter time. The game appeared to be on a low ebb until Saka emerged from a narrow angle with a driven finish to defeat the formidable Dubravka. Saka appeared to be a bit off his game at the start of the campaign, which could be due to the sheer number of games he has played for club and country. But he and his academy graduate Smith Rowe are vital to Arteta in the attack. The Gunners captain struggled to get into the game as he did in the Anfield loss last week and failed to show the improved work ethic he has shown over the past few weeks. Both the Gabonese international and Alexandre Lacazette were linked to the club's exit last summer, while players like Fiorentina's Dusan Vlahovic, Inter Milan's Lautaro Martinez and Real Sociedad striker Alexandre Isak were all reportedly on the club's radar . Lacazette's contract expires this summer, and the Frenchman has admitted that his agents are examining the possibility of a possible move that could open the door to a new face in the Emirates. Martin Odegaard was brought into play in # 10 position when Lacazette fell on the bench to face the magpies. But the Norwegian fell too low to affect play and often made more touches than necessary. That in turn slowed down Arsenal's game with him on the ball and the counterattacks lacked persuasiveness as a result. Odegaard was absent from previous games due to injury while Lacazette, with his energy and play behind Aubameyang, was the preferred option. Arteta could easily have dropped Tavares for his flawed performance at Anfield, especially since Kieran Tierney was ready and waiting on the bench. The left-back was involved in the opening goal, met Smith Rowe and played the last ball for Saka's goal. After a first half that included multiple shots that went over the crossbar and over the post, Tavares calmed down and helped bring the team forward from an offensive sense after the break. Although Tierney could potentially return to the team in the coming weeks, Tavares is pushing the Scottish international. MORE: Alexandre Lacazette announces his agents are already planning a possible Arsenal exit

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Young Gunners sentenced returned Eddie Howe to defeat

Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle United: Bukayo Saka broke the dead end before Gabriel Martinelli replaced him and added a wonderful volley to sink an impotent Newcastle (Author: Gardener)

Young GunnersEddie Howe might finally have been able to take Newcastle in hand from the sidelines, but his lost stare did little to hide the misery that spread before him. Arsenal's momentum was shuddered to a halt in Liverpool last week, but although initially struggling to open Newcastle's rigid defenses, it eventually drove to a comfortable 2-0 win in the Emirates when Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli came in the second half Scoring goals - even if an injury to the former Mikel Arteta is cause for concern. It wasn't a disastrous performance from Newcastle, resilient for a while, improving in small increments - although Howe has been unable to lead training since being appointed due to a positive Covid test - but they are getting time for slow ones Already close to progress. Arsenal were well below their best performance but this was an important win to show the strength of their progression and the top four are within reach at least for now, only the goal difference keeps them under West Ham. Howe has promised to breathe new life into Newcastle's slice, but before the beauty you have to put order out of the chaos. And so Newcastle, fittingly, when the rain fell and bit the cold in, began by ducking into a defensive shell with eleven players behind the ball and challenging Arsenal to find a ray of hope. Despite all of Arsenal's possession orders, they initially struggled to get clear openings, with only Nuno Tavares advancing and surpassing the overlap with precious small end products. It took an exquisite chipped pass from Albert Sambi Lokonga to unlock Newcastle defense. Saka slipped on the back post and almost turned the ball over. Martin Odegaard, who replaced Alexandre Lacazette in the starting line-up, won a free-kick with a struggling run to the edge of the box, took it himself, forcing Martin Dubravka to make a theatrical but ultimately comfortable save. In fact, it was Newcastle who came closest, despite barely touching the ball. Callum Wilson was always ready for the counterattack and came close to beating Arsenal's high line twice. And on a rare attempt in Arsenal's half, Newcastle worked the ball to Jonjo Shelvey on the edge of the box, whose curling shot forced Aaron Ramsdale to make a grand save, flew high to the left and toppled the ball on the crossbar. The ball fell perfectly at Aubameyang's feet but Arsenal's captain somehow conspired to hit the post from two meters away. He stared at the sky in disbelief, the crowd groaned and Tavares embodied the limit of Arsenal's imagination by lashing a series of ferocious long-range shots into the stands. But after the break, Arsenal's momentum was refreshed. They attacked fluidly, Tavares' runs got a new focus and it wasn't long before the breakthrough came. In a fantastic 16-pass move, Smith Rowe slipped in from the left and played a patient series of passes from the edge of the box before Tavares' first shot cleared Saka in the box. It left Newcastle with no choice but to toss numbers forward. Their cause was helped by an injury to Saka, who limped to a standing ovation and was replaced by Martinelli, and the simplest of the long balls provided almost instant response. Wilson wrestled with Gabriel, won the race, but lost his balance at Ramsdale's feet. The forward's appeals were dismissed by Stuart Attwell and Wilson was still protesting when Arsenal scored his second goal. Ben White found Takehiro Tomiyasu in the room on the sideline, and the full-back's pass went high over the Newcastle backline and was volleyed by Martinelli, who neatly guided the ball into the far corner. It was a fantastic finish and a clear reminder of the quality of the Brazilian who had largely starved for minutes this season. Newcastle didn't lie down and fight to the end but their comeback hopes have always been half-hearted. A tame curling shot from Allan Saint-Maximin made Ramsdale barely flinch and a heavy touch prevented Martinelli from having a second break. Howe went to the away fans to thank them for their full support, but there is little doubt about the size of the task ahead.

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The West Brom boss is frustrated with the drought but points out some positive aspects

After three league games without a goal, West Brom boss Valerien Ismael insists it must be tackled quickly as they lose more points (Author: Gardener)

West BromWest Bromwich Albion coach Valerien Ismael during the Sky Bet Championship game at The Hawthorn's West Brom boss Valerien Ismael has admitted his side need to end their goal drought quickly after Friday's 1-1 draw against Nottingham Forest. It's now been three games in a row that the Baggies failed to find the back of the net. For a team that has scored 10 goals in their first four championship games, it becomes a real problem for Ismael. Another 0-0 draw means West Brom are eight points behind leaders Fulham. With 16 shots on goal against Forest, there were now 61 shots on goal without a goal in the last three league games. In an interview with Sky Sports, Ismael said: “We know that we can score goals, we score goals earlier. “It's about giving the player confidence back and as I said, we need that goal to break through. “At some point you have to score goals. “The month of November was difficult, but the good thing is, next week is another month and we want to start the month of December better. I think now it's good that we play normally from Saturday to Saturday so that we have time to work on the topic we have in the last third. ”Jordan Hugill had a glorious chance to score all three points for his team get, but he shot his shot over the crossbar. After a brilliant start to the season, the Englishman has now played four league games without a goal. While West Brom continued to lose points, with the automatic places they lose distance. Seventh-placed Blackburn is just four points behind the Baggies. West Brom coach Valerien Ismael was quick to point out that his side should have won the game against Nottingham Forest. Ismael said: “If you see the game at the end we have to get the point. “I think the guys fought to the end. Usually we should score a goal at the end of the game. “I think we have four clear goals tonight with Darnell Furlong, Grady Diangana, Karlan Grant and Jordan Hugill and we have to take our chances. The last time the Baggies met was a 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough in early November. "But up until the red card we were mainly up in the second half, we got back into the game better," added Ismael. “It was a tough game but I didn't see any great opportunities from Nottingham so we have a lot of situations under control. "It's a huge frustration for us tonight because we definitely wanted the three points." West Brom will face Coventry in a derby in the West Midlands next Saturday, where they will end their three-game run without a win. READ MORE: "We're Really Close!" - West Brom boss concentrated on positive things despite the form

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“Togetherness” - Valerien Ismael announces West Brom's verdict following the Nottingham Forest tie

West Bromwich Albion boss Valerien Ismael believes his side have punished themselves again by falling to ten for the third time in six games against Nottingham Forest last night, but praised his side's defensive solidity when he followed the Game with the Baggies media team. Jayson Molumby was the man who went against Steve Coopers [...] (Author: Gardener)

Nottingham ForestWest Bromwich Albion boss Valerien Ismael believes his side have punished themselves again by falling to ten for the third time in six games against Nottingham Forest last night, but praised his side's defensive solidity when he followed the Game with the Baggies media team. After Albion was sent off the pitch in Huddersfield Town against Fulham last weekend and Jake Livermore received the red card, Albion have been at a disadvantage in a number of games lately, especially against the latter as they were trying to equalize at the time. Luckily for Ismael's men, Cedric Kipre, Kyle Bartley and Matt Clarke were able to stay strong on the defensive to secure a point for the hosts - a result that will be relieved given the circumstances - even though they got into the game to claim a valuable win earn three points. With that, many West Brom fans have had mixed feelings, desperate for a much-needed win after losing points to Huddersfield and Blackpool but seeing their team survive last night after falling back to ten . This summed up manager Ismael's feelings after the game. Summing up yesterday evening's events with Albion's media team, he said, “We were in control of the game until the red card and we didn't give Forest a chance. “If you have been booked earlier, you have to master the challenge and stay on the pitch with 11 men. They may have been solid behind, but as Ishmael further pointed out, they haven't been clinical enough in the future and the French can only take a small part of the blame for that. At home and as a promotion candidate, they would ideally have wanted to dominate possession against Forest, but Darnell Furlong and Jordan Hugill should have made better use of their respective chances. Because of this, a goalscorer must have a higher priority than a creative player during the January transfer window, although both would be preferable. And for the board of directors this means investing enough in a player who can score regularly, which is not cheap and especially expensive if they want to use Daryl Dike from Orlando City. With nine goals in 19 championship games for Ismael at Barnsley last season, he's the kind of player they need, but it feels like the West Brom hierarchy isn't targeting a player of his caliber after a conservative window take will spend the summer.

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David Johnson praises Nottingham Forest for a key figure in the West Brom tie

Former Nottingham Forest striker David Johnson believes his former squad were the only team to win last night's 0-0 draw against West Bromwich Albion and also saved praise for Joe Worrall as he left after the game went to twitter. Although both teams had a chance to open the goal, they had to deal with a [...] (Author: Gardener)

David JohnsonFormer Nottingham Forest striker David Johnson believes his former squad were the only team to win last night's 0-0 draw against West Bromwich Albion and also saved praise for Joe Worrall as he left after the game went to twitter. Although both teams had chances to score, they had to be content with one point each at The Hawthorns offense. Brennan Johnson was almost on the scorers list in the second half when he ran across the right side and fired a deflected shot that had to be deflected by Sam Johnstone, but their opponents also had some chances of scoring a three-point victory. However, the red card from midfielder Molumby reduced the hosts to ten in the final stages of the game and had to intervene at the end to keep a point. Forest had their own defense to do, however - and ex-Reds striker Johnson was particularly keen on center-back Worrall, who used a number of key blocks to make up for his teammates mixed performance in the final period. The 45-year-old posted on Twitter last night: “Joe Worrall was brilliant. Good performance and looked like the only team that wanted to win the game. Worrall was impressive last night, showing exactly why he has been the subject of Premier League interest in the past. His most important moment of the game came in the second half when he blocked Callum Robinson's shot on goal. The most impressive thing about the 24-year-old is his consistency, which probably saved the Reds from relegation last season, with his defensive skills to mitigate the effects of his team's poor attacking record. As for the game in general, Johnson's verdict is likely to be a bit harsh given the good odds West Brom had. Forest may not have been themselves that night - but they can only improve on that performance and the fact that they took something away from the game shows how far they have come since the start of the season.

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"Massive for us" - Many West Brom fans praise the 25-year-old despite the frustrating draw in Nottingham Forest

Promotion prospects West Bromwich Albion suffered another setback in their bid to get closer to the top two when they drew 0-0 against Nottingham Forest last night. They had a couple of good chances to open up the scoring at The Hawthorns, with Grady Diangana being supported by a clever Brice [...] (Author: Gardener)

Nottingham ForestPromotion prospects West Bromwich Albion suffered another setback in their bid to get closer to the top two when they drew 0-0 against Nottingham Forest last night. They had some good opportunities opening gate at The Hawthorns, with Grady Diangana being denied by a clever save from Brice Samba before Darnell Furlong and Jordan Hugill lost golden chances of the much-needed three points. Their defensive resilience, however, was put to the test in the final stages of the game when Jayson Molumby was celebrated in the 70th In another game where Valerien Ismael's team failed to show properly on goal, a key figure in the defense was praised as the Baggies were able to keep their second goal in a row after the 0-0 draw in Blackpool in the middle of the week. That man was Brighton and Hove Albion loaned Matt Clarke who was a solid backing figure alongside Kyle Bartley and Cedric Kipre and was praised by many West Brom supporters, the latter also getting his fair share of the praise. With the numerical disadvantage in the last 20 minutes and against the threat of players like Alex Mighten, Brennan Johnson and the veteran Lewis Grabban, who has already scored eight championship goals this season, the 25-year-old Clarke did an excellent job against the task and is ready to reserve his starting place before the next game against Coventry City. After adding a composition composed in this way, let's take a look at a selection of reactions from Albion fans to his appearance on Twitter. Well what a night at the Hawthorn, the only way to win games is by getting some good strikers, it's not hard to see Clarke motm for me tbf #wba #baggies #westbromwichalbion Another tough watch today Evening and how Hugill missed this chance in stoppage time is a mystery to me. Clarke MOTM for me tonight, thinking he had a good game, as did Townsend and Kipre. # Wba Townsend had a good game again. But Matt Clarke was my man of the game #WBA mowatt looks back on his best form too. We need a striker Jan and we have to send Hugil back. We defended well after down to 10 men, Clarke and Kipre very well. The less said about Jordan Hugill, the better, honestly, #wba Clarke was massive for us tonight.

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