Bilic hails promoted Baggies

23 July 2020 22:11:39 GMTPlus10

West Brom manager Slaven Bilic says he is proud of what his players have achieved after they secured their return to the Premier League with Wednesday's 2-2 draw at home to QPR.

The Baggies made hard work of securing their promotion and they saw their winless run extended to four games with the point against QPR, but three draws in that period were enough to see them join Leeds in the Premier League next season.

Slaven Bilic's side finished second, ten points behind champions Leeds and two clear of third-placed Brentford, and they return to the top-flight after just a two-year absence.

Goals from Grady Diangana and Callum Robinson earned West Brom a draw at Hawthorns, which was enough to seal their promotion with their nearest pursuers Brentford losing 2-1 at Barnsley.

The Baggies failed to win in 13 of their 23 home games but an excellent away record (just four defeats) sealed their promotion.

Bilic, who managed West Ham in the Premier League, says his desire to coach in the Championship was vindicated after guiding the Baggies into England's top-flight.

Speaking after the 2-2 draw with QPR, Bilic said: "What a season, what a league. I was very vocal when I said I would always like to manage in the Championship because it's especially difficult.

"I never imagined it would be this difficult, this demanding. It's exhausting. I didn't enjoy every minute of it, of course, but with a finish like this, the results at the bottom, the Forest situation, it's unbelievable. I'm proud of the whole club."

West Brom areĀ 2.20 not to be relegated from the Premier League, with fellow promoted side Leeds 1.083.

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