An ITV journalist fumes at Sky Sports ‘narrative’ after West Brom manage to pick up a draw against their West Midlands rivals Wolves on Monday.
The Baggies came from behind to earn a point, but the solitary point edges them closer to the drop, with the result all-but-confirms their relegation to the Championship, with the gap to Newcastle not being closed.
Mbaye Diagne saw his second-half header cancelled out by Fabio Silva’s fortunate goal in first-half stoppage time but the draw meant that Sam Allardyce’s side are 10 points from safety in the Premier League table with four games to go.
Wolves had more of the ball throughout the game, but their own frailties showed as Nuno Espirito Santo’s out-of-form team failed to deal with West Brom’s pressure after the interval.
ITV journalist and Albion supporter Daniel Hewitt has hit back at broadcaster Sky Sports and Wolves on his personal Twitter account, with what has been described ‘a hint of realism’.
“The narrative on Sky is all wrong: Albion are already relegated, winning tonight wouldn’t have changed that,” he said.
“Wolves are absolutely desperate to beat us, and they have failed again, even against the poorest Albion team they’ve played in years – that’s the story.”
The narrative on Sky is all wrong: Albion are already relegated, winning tonight wouldn’t have changed that.
Wolves are absolutely desperate to beat us, and they have failed again, even against the poorest Albion team they’ve played in years – that’s the story. #wba
— Daniel Hewitt (@DanielHewittITV) May 3, 2021
WestBromNews wrote on their site: “Goodbye.
“This being dragged along is a long-standing narrative of previous escapes and Sam Allardyce’s record of never being relegated.
“That is set to come to an end and could do as early as our next game in the Premier League, and it would put us out of this misery.
“We now need to win all four of our remaining games this season and hope that Newcastle lose every single one of their clashes.
“Given their fragile form all season, you could see that happening, but can you see us winning all of our games? Unfortunately not.
“It’s time to be realistic, and this narrative has to stop immediately, we are gone.”
West Brom: Johnstone (6), Townsend (7), O’Shea (5), Bartley (6), Ajayi (6), Furlong (7), Maitland-Niles (6), Yokuslu (6), Gallagher (6), Pereira (7), Diagne (6).
Subs: Phillips (7), Robinson (6).
Wolves: Patricio (7), Semedo (7), Saiss, Dendoncker (6), Coady (6), Ait-Nouri (7), Otasowie (6), Neves (6), Vitinha (7), Traore (6), Silva (6).
Subs: Podence (6), Gibbs-White (6), Kilman (6).
Man of the match: Vitinha
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID:
West Brom manager Sam Allardyce: “You can’t miss chances like that. When you’re in the position we’re in, the first one’s unlucky off the line, but the two chances after half-time, with only the keeper to beat, not to put those two in is a big loss for us today, a big three points missed.
“We can only hope the teams lose above us and we win four games on the trot.”
Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo: “I’m not totally pleased, but more pleased regarding what we wanted from the game. We controlled it from the beginning, had good moments.
“The only part was the beginning of the second half, when West Brom created problems, but for the rest of the game the attitude was magnificent.”
Fans reacted as an ITV journalist fumes at Sky Sports ‘narrative’ after West Brom draw against Wolves…
@Kev1359Kev: The story is you will be playing in the championship next season 🥴
@mattianwilson: 25 years at The Hawthorns and 10 years at Molineux
@Xs1ghtTV: Spot on, we were just hoping for a win to hold it over Wolves, we knew we were absolutely going down 3 games ago… Even with the huge investment over the last 4 years they still can’t beat us..our highlight of this PL campaign. Great work on the leasehold crisis btw, keep it up
@SFC_Debs: Neutral here. No matter how you try to spin it, you’re going down and they are staying up. That was always the story. Sorry to see it cos I really like West Brom and their fans are top class.
@JDYKE81: Wow what an achievement when is the open top bus parade? Instead of holding up a trophy you could hold up a placard saying we went down but got 4 points of Wolves, what a season.
@undercoot: Daniel, you’re slightly wrong there. We were even worse a side when we won there in jan
@JamesTM11: Wolves fans, maybe. The players, probably not so much. The fact we were the better team today says a lot cause we’ve been woeful this season, and had probably 7 or 8 of our starting 11 out.
@jon306: And yet we’ll be in the Prem next year…
@all2b_an: @DanielHewittITV Hopefully that thought will keep you warm on a cold Tuesday night in Stoke!
@Clarkdegzy: Enjoy the championship, that’s the story…
@groomtings: Going down going down going down
@des_derek: Enjoy Peterborough 👇
@JamesIngram89: My narrative is that you got dominated by our reserves as you get relegated to the Championship.
@LukeBowdler: Story is you’re one game off the drop fella?
@coyb63: Sky would like everyone to believe the hype of a relegation battle is still on. But it’s all over at the top and bottom of the table
@SouthBankMatt: There’s only one story; you needed to win and didn’t. Bye. 👋🏻
@Dominic_s_Cox: They’re desperately trying to give some more meaning to the match to try and boost figures when in reality. It’s only about bragging rights. We were down already.
@mwebb7: Make me a cuppa with all those tears 👋👋👋
@andyboote1: It’s irritating that we haven’t beaten you for ages. But it’s loads better that we’re going to be a league above you…again
So true. Their fans have been desperate to avenge the 1-5 and they’ve failed again. pic.twitter.com/xw4w1tIf7d
— John Deol (@johndeol) May 3, 2021
This is your story …. pic.twitter.com/qaZVo7FpDg
— Lord Jason Guy (@wolvespremier) May 3, 2021