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Slaven Bilic admits that the championship’s staggered schedule has added tension to the automatic promotion race

“Their result put more pressure on us”: Slaven Bilic admits the championship’s staggered schedule added excitement to the automatic promotion race after West Brom players heard of Brentford’s lunch win

  • Slaven Bilic says Championship’s schedule adds to the drama of the promotional race
  • West Brom, which was in second place, was held against Blackburn with a 1-1 draw
  • But the Midlands club is now only three points ahead of in-form Brentford
  • The lunch win for Thomas Frank’s side went on to the stars of West Brom

Slaven Bilic admits that the staggered nature of the championship’s games has added to the automatic promotion race, but reminded his West Brom team that their fate remains in their own hands.

Not adding to the volley of the first half by Filip Krovinovic meant that Albion left Ewood Park with a draw on Saturday, only three points ahead of the juggernaut, Brentford who finished third.

The lunch win for Thomas Frank’s side – a sixth consecutive since the division resumed games last month – had been filtered before kickoff.

Slaven Bilic admits that the championship schedule added tension to the promotion race

Slaven Bilic admits that the championship schedule added tension to the promotion race

West Brom was held on point in Blackburn despite Filip Krovinovic's first half

West Brom was held on point in Blackburn despite Filip Krovinovic's first half

West Brom was held on point in Blackburn despite Filip Krovinovic’s first half

“It makes it different, of course, their result put more pressure on us, but we were in a position and are still fully focused on our game,” said Bilic.

West Brom will have the opportunity to open a six-point buffer, at least for 24 hours, when they host fourth-placed Fulham on Tuesday.

In fact, they squandered the five-shot margin with three games remaining due to a series of missed opportunities against mid-table Blackburn and were immediately punished after Tony Mowbray – one of the managers who had brought them to the Premier League in the past – made a fourfold replacement.

Joe Rothwell was brought in and netted to save an unlikely portion of the points for Blackburn

Joe Rothwell was brought in and netted to save an unlikely portion of the points for Blackburn

Joe Rothwell was brought in and netted to save an unlikely portion of the points for Blackburn

Brentford added pressure to West Brom after Said Benrahma struck twice against Derby

Brentford added pressure to West Brom after Said Benrahma struck twice against Derby

Brentford added pressure to West Brom after Said Benrahma struck twice against Derby

One of the newcomers, Joe Rothwell, came forward to push fellow substitute Sam Gallagher’s relapse low into the net to save an unlikely chunk of points and generate a demand for more finished product.

Speaking about the former Manchester United intern, Mowbray said, “I spoke to him about Said Benrahma. What can he do that Joe can’t do? He’s just as fast, he travels with the ball, he’s very tight with it, but this boy has scored 17 league goals and that’s Joe’s first.

“For himself and for this football team, he needs to score more goals, create more opportunities and get into those good areas.”

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