Jed Wallace | Easter results extremely disappointing

A dejected Jed Wallace at The Hawthorns

Jed Wallace admitted Albion have produced two really “disappointing” performances over the Easter weekend and says the side have missed a “massive opportunity” to climb the table. 

The Baggies suffered a 3-1 defeat at Rotherham on Good Friday before being held to a 2-2 draw by QPR on Monday afternoon – a game which they led 2-0 inside 15 minutes in the West Midlands. 

And the winger offered an honest assessment of the two matches, stating the players simply haven’t delivered the displays required to earn what would have been really important victories. 

Jed said: “We started the game well on Monday, went 2-0 up, they scored a goal out of nothing and then a calamity goal really from us. It’s not on Josh Griffiths, he’s a young player and it’s down to us senior players to manage those situations better.

“It’s disappointing. We’ve had a massive opportunity this weekend to make a dent on where we want to get to. We’ve not done enough to win the two games. We’ve just not played to the level we know we can play at.

“No disrespect to QPR, I’ve got a lot of respect for Gareth Ainsworth having played against his Wycombe team for years, but we should be beating teams like that at home with the home form we’ve had, especially when we go 2-0 up. So it’s disappointing.

“We’ve shown such good character to fight and claw our way back into a position from where we were at the start of the season. We gave ourselves such a good opportunity.

“I don’t think anyone, individually, can say that they’ve played well in the last couple of games. And we need that. We’ve got good players for this level and if the big players in our team don’t turn up, then we’re not going to win games.

“It’s an easy excuse to say we’re missing probably five or six big players for us. But that’s football. We’ve got a good squad and we’ve not used this opportunity, all of us – myself included – to play anywhere near to the level that we have over the last three or four months.

“We’ve definitely let ourselves down and we’ve let the fans down with our last two performances.

“It’s not a mentality issue. A lot of this dressing room has been promoted with this football club, they’ve done it at this level before.

“It’s not a lack of effort. We’re fighting for every ball, we’re running hard and we’re giving our all. It’s just silly mistakes and people not playing to the level that we know we can play at. It’s disappointing but it’s certainly not a lack of effort.

“We’re trying our best. But ultimately trying your hardest isn’t good enough when you’re at a club like this. We need to play better, as a team and individually.

“If we do that, then amazingly we still have an opportunity to do something this season.

“We know that it’s not dead and buried. If we can put a run together, like we’ve shown we can do already, then anything can happen.

“We need to try and pick ourselves up over the next couple of days and go again at Stoke.

“The results could go the way they did today and then, next thing you know, you could be feeling positive again and back in with a shout.

“This league can change quickly, we know that. But it won’t change quickly for us if we play like we have in the last couple of games.”

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