Having started the campaign with a club record run of unbeaten games, and unbeaten home games, the class of 2021/22 have now matched another club record, that of five successive games without a goal.
This season is the sixth time that particular “feat” has been achieved but only the second time that all five games have been in the league. Ronnie Allen holds the dubious honour of having presided over two such runs. In 1977, the run included three goalless draws, a 1-0 defeat to Bury in the League Cup and a 3-0 reverse at Villa Park. Albion beat West Ham 1-0 in the next match but Allen was then sacked to be ultimately replaced by Ron Atkinson after a short period under caretaker player/manager John Wile. Four years later, the Albion board in their wisdom opted to re-appoint Allen when Atkinson went to Old Trafford and the Baggies failed to score in games 4 to 8 of his second term including a 1-0 defeat at Grasshoppers of Zurich in the UEFA Cup. The goalless run came to an end in the second leg at the Hawthorns thanks to an Ally Robertson goal, but the hosts still lost 3-1.
This is the fewest points that Albion have had after 32 games of a second tier campaign since 1999/2000 – game 32 on that season was a 6-0 defeat to Sheffield United that left the Baggies in 19th place with 33 points. Another two defeats in the next two games led to Brian Little’s dismissal and the appointment of Gary Megson.
|* Positions are recorded as Albion’s position in the table after all fixtures for that day have been completed.|
|2000/2001||17/02/2001||Birmingham City (A)||L||1-2||Butler|
|2001/2002||03/02/2002||Burnley (A)||W||2-0||Roberts (2)|
|2003/2004||21/02/2004||Sheffield United (A)||W||2-1||Moore, Gaardsøe|
|2007/2008||12/02/2008||Sheffield United (H)||D||0-0|
|2009/2010||21/02/2010||Bristol City (A)||L||1-2||Dorrans|
|2018/2019||16/02/2019||Aston Villa (A)||W||2-0||Robson-Kanu, Rodriguez|
|2019/2020||12/02/2020||Reading (A)||W||2-1||Pereira, Bartley|
|2021/2022||19/02/2022||Luton Town (A)||L||0-2|
|2000/2001||20/02/2001||Crewe Alexandra (H)||D||2-2||Taylor, Roberts|
|2001/2002||10/02/2002||Norwich City (H)||W||1-0||Dichio|
|2003/2004||28/02/2004||Rotherham United (H)||L||0-1|
|2006/2007||13/02/2007||Colchester United (A)||W||2-1||McShane, Kamara|
|2007/2008||23/02/2008||Hull City (H)||L||1-2||Bednár|
|2009/2010||27/02/2010||Derby County (H)||W||3-1||Brunt (2), Cox|
|2018/2019||19/02/2019||Queen’s Park Rangers (A)||W||3-2||Montero, Murphy, Livermore|
|2019/2020||15/02/2020||Nottingham Forest (H)||D||2-2||Robinson, Figueiredo (o.g.)|
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