Exclusive: Danny Mills verdict on potential 'massive blow' for West Brom
West Brom would find it “very difficult” to get promoted via the play-offs if they miss out on automatic promotion this season, according to Danny Mills.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds United defender suggested that the “massive blow” of falling out of the automatic promotion spots at the final hurdle could seriously dint a side’s confidence.
The Baggies looked as if they had handed control in the race for automatic promotion to Brentford when they lost to Huddersfield Town on Friday night.
But the Bees also slipped up when they played Stoke City the day after, and now the battle for a spot in the Premier League next term will go down to the last day of the Championship season.
And Mills has suggested that West Brom could struggle to make it out of the second tier this summer if they fluff their lines again against QPR on Wednesday night.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “You have to look at it like what happened to Leeds last season.
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“It’s very, very difficult if you’ve been first or second all season and suddenly you drop into the play-offs. It’s a massive disappointment, a huge disappointment, for that to happen.
“Sometimes it’s difficult to lift yourselves, whereas if you’re seventh and you’ve sneaked in on the last day of the season, you’re riding the crest of a wave. The ascendancy is then with that club. They’ve got that buzz, that feel-good factor.
“It would be a massive blow for West Brom if they don’t make it up in the automatic positions now.”
West Brom know that they must win in midweek to guarantee themselves a spot in the top flight next term.
With Brentford trailing the Baggies by just one point, and holding a superior goal difference, failure to match the Bees’ result against Barnsley would consign Albion to a play-off run at the end of the campaign.
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