The Hattrick: Albion win at Forest

Last updated : 05 August 2019 By Iain Bate - Wba-mad Editor

Albion started their season with a morale-boosting 2-1 victory at Nottingham Forest. Almost 12 months to the day since their last visit, Albion's performance could not be more different. 

The Baggies last season were disjoined, disappointing and frankly lucky to escape with a point. This season they bossed the game for long periods, enjoyed the majority of possesion and quickly quietened the Forest crowd after an early scare. 

Here's what else you may have missed from Albion's win at Forest. 

The Long Ranger 

It's starting to become an issue now with Sam Johnstone and the amount of goals he conceeds from efforts outside the 18-yard-box. Last season he was beaten too easily and on Saturday he should never have failed to stop Matty Cash's volley. 

Johnstone seems to have wonderful reflexs and makes his best saves at close range. But he will certainly be targetted now by opponents willing to take long range punts with Johnstone's weakness at distance. 

Slavan Loves The Baggies! 

Not only has he got a great new song but Super Slav is already catching the hearts and minds of Albion fans. When he wasn't patrolling the touchline cllinching his fist at Albion's midfielders when the clock was ticking down, he was quick to apologise to the Forest bench when he jumped in the way of a throw-in being taken from the wrong place in the final few minutes. 

After the game Bilic was pleased - and a little relieved - at getting three points. But he wasn't satisfied either with Albion's performance will keep pushing his players on this season. 

New boys impress 

Romaine Sawyers and Nathan Ferguson got all the plaudits - and righly so at The City Ground. But praise must also go to big Semi Ajayi who hardly put a foot wrong on his debut. He looked a tower of strength and comfortable enough on the ball to bring it into midfield. 

Filip Krovinovic also showed glimpses of talent and did well to find space - particuarly in the first half - in front of Forest's defence. He drifted in and out of the game though after the break and missed a great chance to set Edwards away after the break. Has an air of Felipe Teixeira about him. On big Kenneth Zahore... let's wait and see on that one...