Bilic not surprised by another Baggies slip

27 June 2020 21:36:59 GMTPlus10

West Brom's Championship title aspirations suffered another setback as they lost 1-0 at promotion rivals Brentford on Friday, but manager Slaven Bilic says the defeat should not be considered a surprise.

The Baggies are now only five points clear of third-placed Brentford with seven games to go and are in need of a lift having not won in four league games and failing to score on each occasion.

Bilic's boys, who were held to a goalless draw at home to Birmingham in their previous game, were second best for large spells of their defeat at Griffin Park and were unable to cope with the Bees' high pressing.

West Brom's attack lacked their usual swagger and Bilic accepts his team performed some way below their best.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Bilic said: "We played below par in the first half definitely. It was a nervous game, a game of few chances."

He added: "It wasn't us. We played against a good team; they are good at pressing, they are very sharp, very aggressive.

"But we weren't on the level that we were for most of the season and if you consider that we played against a good team then the defeat is not a surprise."

It was a third win on the spin for Brentford but manager Thomas Frank still believes the Baggies are in the stronger position.

Brentford's Danish coach said: "I still think West Brom are in a much better position than us and if I could be in that position, of course, I would prefer that."

Brentford are 1.61 to win their next Championship match at Reading, while West Brom are 1.80 to return to form with victory at Sheffield Wednesday.

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