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When West Brom went into half time of Wednesday’s fixture with Hull City on level terms, a number of boos were heard around The Hawthorns.
For a team comfortably sitting in third position in the Championship, it felt like a harsh reaction, but Valerien Ismael would have understood the expectation levels when he signed on the dotted line in the summer.
Nevertheless, West Brom eventually claimed a 1-0 win, their fifth victory in eight games, and they now sit just six points adrift of leaders Bournemouth.
While Ismael will recognise that his team are still searching for their best form, he will be content with collecting 31 points from 16 matches in this division.
Karlan Grant was once again the saviour for the Baggies, the forward now having eight goals for the season in the second tier.
Having shuffled his side in midweek, Ismael must decide which players deserve to keep their place in his Baggies XI.
Semi Ajayi could replace the injured Kean Bryan, a move which would allow Conor Townsend to continue at left wing-back.
Jordan Hugill is in contention to get the nod over Matt Phillips in what may be the only other change to the team.
Despite serving a one-match ban for his red card against Fulham, Darnell Furlong is not a certainty to replace youngster Taylor Gardner-Hickman.
James Lea Siliki may get a chance in the Middlesbrough midfield, potentially at the expense of Marcus Tavernier.
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Lee Peltier could also be recalled in a back three with Anfernee Djiksteel dropping down to the substitutes’ bench.
West Bromwich Albion possible starting lineup:
Johnstone; Kipre, Clarke, Ajayi; Gardner-Hickman, Livermore, Snodgrass, Townsend; Robinson, Hugill, Grant
Middlesbrough possible starting lineup:
Daniels; Peltier, Bamba, McNair; Jones, Siliki, Howson, Crooks, Hernandez; Coburn, Sporar