Ismael happy to make 'statement' start

Last updated : 09 August 2021 By Wba-mad Editor

New Baggies boss Valerian Ismael was happy to make a statement after his side's 2-2 draw with Bournemouth. 

The Baggies twice came from behind and were unlucky to only earn a point after an encouraging start for Ismael's team. 

“It was our purpose to make a statement and say ‘This is West Brom," said the former Barnsley boss to the club's official website. 

"This is us. This is our way and our new style. It was important for us to start well and start strong and show a massive desire. 

"I think in the first half, we were completely under control. Bournemouth were clinical with their first shot on target which they scored. But it was our fault, we were not clinical with the second ball, with the clearances and they punished us. 

"I think throughout the game we saw already our mentality. We came back from behind two times. We kept the intensity high. We solved some issues we had in the game.

"We wanted three points, but we got one point. With the performance we made, every point and every win we can get will seal our way.

"We want to win. We knew that we had the intensity for 90+ minutes. We were on top. In the end it is our feeling to say we have come back from behind. At any time we were under control and especially on set pieces, we were very dangerous today and I think it is a great feeling.

“We want to be a complete team, in possession and out of possession and on set pieces. This is the championship and you need to be able to score at any moment. We are dangerous in all situations and that gives us a great feeling. We can score anytime and we need to push all the time for 90+ minutes."