Brandon Thomas-Asante | 'We're so keen to change away fortunes'

Brandon Thomas-Asante looking over his shoulder with a bandage on his wrist

Brandon Thomas-Asante insists Albion will be doing everything in their power to achieve two positive results from back-to-back away matches in the coming week.

Carlos Corberán’s men return to Sky Bet Championship action following the first international break of the campaign with a trip to Bristol City on Saturday afternoon, before making another journey south to Watford on Wednesday night.

The Baggies have claimed a host of victories on home soil in 2023, but away from The Hawthorns, they’ve found triumphs harder to come by and will be hoping to record their first of the new campaign at Ashton Gate this weekend.

Striker Thomas-Asante, who has scored at an opposition ground twice already this season against Stoke City and Leeds United, says the players know how crucial it is to change their fortunes on their travels and has urged his side to “repay” supporters for their incredible backing all over the country.

Brandon said: “We’ve got two chances in the next seven days to show a huge improvement in our away form.

“As a group of players we know we can perform much better on our travels, especially when you take into account the brilliant results we’ve been getting at The Hawthorns since Carlos Corberán came into the club.

“We’re so, so keen to change our fortunes away from home because we know how much of an impact it could have on our season.

“If we can get ourselves into a position where our away form matches our home form, then I think we’d be giving ourselves a much greater opportunity to achieve success.

“For us as players, there’s also a lot to be said about repaying the fans for their efforts in following us up and down the country.

“You look at the likes of Plymouth, Norwich, Ipswich, Sunderland and Middlesbrough. They are really, really long journeys and the cost for supporters to get to those places, let alone the match tickets, is obviously quite high.

“Despite that, though, the away end is so often packed with huge numbers of Baggies fans who give us their backing. We really want to start repaying them with goals and with victories.

“It’s easy for me to say it, so it’s up to us to show the fans just how much we appreciate their support on the road.”

The 24-year-old scored a stunning goal for Albion in the 2-0 win at Bristol City on Boxing Day last year, chipping the ball up and over the goalkeeper and into the back of the net from all of 30 yards.

Brandon says that strike and the celebrations which followed at Ashton Gate that day will live long in the memory, and the striker wants more of the same on Saturday.

“Bristol City will be a tough test for us and we know they’ve had a solid start to the campaign.

“They’re coming into Saturday’s game off the back of a big away win and I’m sure they’ll be playing with plenty of confidence as a result of that.

Thomas-Asante's screamer helped Albion to a 2-0 win at Ashton Gate last year

“We managed to get a great result there in the league last year on an afternoon which was a really special one for me.

“The goal I scored was one of the best I’ve ever scored and those celebrations with the away fans were just insane.

“It would be great to go back down there and get another strong result – a result which hopefully can help us turn a corner in terms of our away form.”

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