It was a night of joy for Aston Villa as they reached the Championship play-off final on Tuesday with a penalty shootout victory over local rivals West Brom, so why were some people left wanting more (Baggies fans and Villa haters aside) at the final whistle?
But the Villa assistant coach dashed fans expectations by failing to keep up the tradition he inadvertently began in 2012, continued in 2013 and even mocked last week, namely doing a John Terry and going full kit despite not actually playing in the game.
On the bright side though, the full-kit no-show enabled everyone to make exactly the same joke…
Grealish Leads By Example At Aston Villa Once Again As He Praises Teammate
Aston Villa will now grace the pitch at Wembley on Monday 27 May as they bid to return to the Premier League after a three-year absence and John Terry might just get one last opportunity to please the masses…
Shoutout to this guy for last night! Finally got his chance this season & grabbed it with both hands! One of the hardest working pros Ive ever seen & now getting the recognition & credit he deserves! One last push now boys! ????????❤️⚽️ pic.twitter.com/gU4sa3gC1J
But if Villa get promoted to the Premier League and Terry doesnt go full-kit, have they really even won?
Grading West Broms 2018 summer signings
Aston Villa ended West Brom’s season on Tuesday as they beat the Baggies on penalties in the semi-final of the play-offs.
Following their relegation, West Brom had to make sure that their summer recruitment was right in order to mount a push for an instant return to the top-flight under the management of Darren Moore.
West Brom won the second leg 1-0, taking the tie to extra-time and then penalties, which Villa, unfortunately, won.
It was West Broms first season back in the Championship after being relegated from the Premier League in 2018.
Darren Moore started the season in charge, before he was sacked in March following a string of poor performances and results, leaving James Shan in charge for the final few months of the campaign – including the play-offs.
West Brom are now tasked with appointing a permanent manager with the hope of mounting another promotion push next season.
But to do that, they will need to learn some important lessons from the 2018/19 season. What have they learned, though? Here are five things West Brom can take the season going into next year…
Quite simply, West Brom were far from good enough defensively over the course of the season. Too many goals were let in, with most of them being very avoidable. A focus needs to be placed on the defence next season.
West Brom’s midfield often looked tired and laboured in big games, and that is down to the lack of energy and youthfulness in the side. There are far too many “experienced” players not pulling their weight in the side. An injection of energy is needed in West Brom’s midfield.
West Brom lacked identity in their attacking play during the season. Look at Daniel Farke’s Norwich, Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United and Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds. They all have their unique styles of play and they stick to it. West Brom need that.
West Brom need to sign Dwight Gayle on a permanent basis. The on-loan Newcastle forward netted 24 goals for the Baggies over the course of the season and was named as the fans’ Player of the Season. He simply has to stay.
The decline in West Brom’s forward after Harvey Barnes left the club in January was all too telling. He was the heart of West Brom’s attacking play and they need to sign someone to take over his role, albeit six months too late, for next season.