In this article, we take a look at how the 2019/2020 season has unfolded so far for West Bromwich Albion — the games, the moments, the players and the manager that guided Albion to second in the Championship.
The Baggies welcome QPR to the Hawthorns on Wednesday evening for what we hope is the final game of the season, and can clinch promotion back to the Premier League with three points.
Coming up are the pivotal games from the season so far, leading up to this final match, including a list of Albion’s most important players.
Games of the Season
QPR 0-2 West BromEmbed from Getty Images
The reverse fixture against QPR signaled the start of Albion’s prolonged presence in the automatic positions.
A commanding performance at Loftus Road, it set the stage for the Baggies’ incredible run away from home this season (22 games, 12 victories, 43 points).
It was ultimately settled by two sublime long-range finishes from Matheus Pereira and Nathan Ferguson, respectively, in the second half.
Milwall 0-2 West BromEmbed from Getty Images
It was a cold, wet Sunday midday kickoff at the Den. The country was ravaged by Storm Ciara and there were doubts about whether the fixture would go ahead.
In fact, if it did, the conditions seemed to favour Milwall as they played on a pitch familiar to them — and yet Albion put in another commanding performance, settled by the two intelligent finishes from Filip Krovinovic and Dara O’Shea. After this result, we dared to dream.
Bristol City 0-3 West BromEmbed from Getty Images
This was my personal favourite result of the season. Coming off the back of Matty Cash’s late equaliser for Nottingham Forest the week before, Albion came out with a vengeance.
Two goals in quick succession by Hal Robson-Kanu and Callum Robinson sent the Baggies 2-0 up heading into half time.
Yet, as there always with Albion, there was drama 13 minutes from time when Romaine Sawyers was sent off for violent conduct.
The nerves kicked in. Would a ten-man Baggies side hold onto this crucial victory? Robson-Kanu had an answer for that one; after latching onto a loose ball, he curled it round Bristol City’s keeper with the outside of his foot and wheeled away in celebration, knowing the game had been truly settled.
“We’re on our way, we’re on our way, to the Premier League, we’re on our way”.
West Brom 2-0 Derby CountyEmbed from Getty Images
Albion’s post-lockdown season started rather sluggishly, to say the least; a draw against Birmingham City and a loss away at Brentford raised question marks surrounding the Baggies’ promotion credentials.
Derby entered the fixture in decent form, with Champions League winner Wayne Rooney sitting at the heart of their midfield. Yet, 11 minutes in, Grady Diangana slotted home as he latched onto an intelligent pass from Kamil Grosicki.
O’Shea then made it 2-0 with a goal almost identical to his first away at Milwall in February. What could possibly go wrong from here?