West Brom latest news: Valerien Ismael 'must figure out' worrying problem


Luke Hatfield has urged Valerien Ismael to fix West Brom's away form or risk sliding down the Championship table.

The Baggies returned to winning ways against Hull on Wednesday night but have lost three times this season – all coming away from the Hawthorns.

How have West Brom performed on the road?

In the early weeks of the season, Ismael's men were performing as good on their travels as they were at home.

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They racked up 11 points from their first five games, beating the likes of Blackburn, Peterborough, and Cardiff, whilst picking up creditable draws at Bournemouth and Preston.

However, West Brom's away form dropped off quite dramatically during October.

Not only did their 10-match unbeaten run end at Stoke at the start of the month, but the Baggies have not picked up a point on their travels since losing 1-0 to the Potters.

In their next game, they were beaten 2-1 at Swansea despite taking a first minute lead through Karlan Grant before before going down 3-0 at Fulham last weekend to slip four points off the automatic promotion places.



Bizarrely, whilst West Brom have lost all three of their away games in October, they've enjoyed a 100 percent record on their own patch.

But Hatfield knows that their fortunes on the road must improve quickly or they're in danger of slipping further behind the top-two.

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What did Hatfield say?

He told GIVEMESPORT: "You'd think away from home they would cause teams problems, but it's a bit of a conundrum at the moment which Ismael needs to figure out because you can't afford to lose too many games in the Championship or you'll soon see yourself dropping them places and at the moment, they're third, which is probably about a fair position for them."

What's next for West Brom away from home?

There's no such thing as an easy game in the Championship, but on paper, West Brom's next five away fixtures are all very winnable.

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Once the Championship returns after the international break, the Baggies are at Huddersfield before travelling to Blackpool three days later, who sit 7th and 10th respectively.

Their last away match before Christmas is at high-flying Coventry City before Ismael's men end the year with trips to Barnsley and Derby, two sides deep in relegation trouble.

Getting maximum points in any of those is far from guaranteed, but they're more than good enough to win at least three or more of those.

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