West Brom suffered their second defeat in a row on Tuesday night when they lost 3-2 to Bristol City at Ashton Gate.
The Robins blitzed into an early three-goal lead with Josh Brownhill, Andreas Weimann and Jack Hunt all scoring within the first 19 minutes.
Dwight Gayle and Jay Rodriguez scored in an improved second-half for the Baggies, but they could not find that all-important third goal to snatch a point away from their promotion rivals.
Here, The Daisy Cutter has rounded up five things learned in Albion’s defeat at Ashton Gate:
JENKINS MUST PULL FINGER OUT
On March 9, West Brom promised fans that they would not wait around to hire a successor for Darren Moore. Chief executive Mark Jenkins is yet to deliver on this promise, and someone must be hired before the end of the week.
NEWCASTLE CAN HAVE LIVERMORE
TeamTalk has reported that Newcastle are interested in signing Jake Livermore in the summer and after the midfielder’s shocking display against Bristol City, they are more than welcome to have him.
Stefan Johansen has hardly lived up to expectations since joining West Brom on loan from Fulham in January, but his second-half performance at Ashton Gate was just about the only positive on a miserable night for the Black Country club.
SHAN NOT TO BLAME
If there is one man who cannot be blamed for West Brom’s latest meltdown, it’s caretaker manager James Shan. Overall he has won three games out of five and has done a much better job than fans would have expected. However to win promotion, Albion need someone with experience that Shan simply doesn’t have.
BARTLEY MUST BE AXED
Kyle Bartley has been a liability for West Brom this season and his shocking display against Bristol City shows that he has no place in the Baggies side. The defender, who was signed for £4million from Swansea in the summer, should be dropped from the side for the clash against Preston on Saturday with Ahmed Hegazi returning from suspension.