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Fulham coach Marco Silva expects West Brom to be physical

last updated Tuesday 15th March 2022, 1:48 PM

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Fulham coach Marco Silva knows West Bromwich Albion still have plenty to play for, despite sitting 14th with just 10 matches remaining.

Such is the competitive nature of the Sky Bet Championship this season, a good run could propel the Baggies into Play-Off contention, as they currently lie just seven points off the pace.

Confidence will be high in the home camp, too, after they came from two down to secure a point against Huddersfield Town on Friday night, courtesy of a couple of late strike.

“Nothing surprises me in this competition, to be honest, as it’s really tough,” Silva said in Monday’s press conference. “But of course if you asked me if I would expect them to be in a different position right now, definitely yes.

“They started really well but then had a bad run and it’s been difficult for them to get on the right track. But we know that they keep believing.

“What they showed in the last 15 minutes against Huddersfield in their last game is that they keep believing, keep fighting to be in a position to be promoted.

“There are many games to play, many points ahead, and they are there, they are fighting.

“Of course they’re not in the position they want to be and all of us expected, but nothing’s finished yet.”

Fulham were comfortable 3-0 victors in the reverse fixture at the Cottage, and although there is a new man at the Hawthorns helm in Steve Bruce, many of the same threats remain, according to Silva.

“It's another really tough game for us,” he stated. “We know the way they normally like to approach the game, they’re a physical team, they try to press every time.

“We hope the pitch is in a good condition for both teams to play football, I’m sure it will be a proper football pitch.

“It will be a tough match, hopefully we can play at our best level with full confidence in ourselves, but we know we are playing against a physical team.

“They go to win every challenge, they try to be really strong in every challenge. All the set-pieces, long throw-ins, they are the type of physical team that even if they are not playing well or commanding the game, they can create problems for you in these type of situations.

“What we have to do is play our game, we have to use the ball in the right way, take the ball from them, don’t let them play a direct game, and be strong in the first and second balls.

“And, after, we have to express ourselves, play with the right intensity, the right mobility as well, because we know if we do that it will be tough for them.”

Source Geoff Pruce at Fulham FC
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