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West Brom fan previews Crystal Palace clash and predicts a draw

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The Advertiser caught up with Baggies fan Simon Shapcott to get the lowdown on his team before Saturday's game against Palace...

2-2 draw with Man Utd on Monday certainly puts you in a confident mood for Palace?

Yes, I think the turnover of players we had meant it was always going to take time for the new players to bed in. Gradually we have been getting stronger and the squad depth is as good as I've known it. Joleon Lescott truly has been a rock for us and I think it helps Craig Dawson playing alongside him. We've now got players on the bench who can genuinely change a game.

Saido Berahino is getting better and better, isn't he?

He's a talented boy, no question. What impresses me most about him is his calmness in front of goal and he's keeping a £10m striker on the bench, quite rightly with his performances. I was not sure he could play as a lone striker but he has proved me wrong this season and even in games where he is quiet, still poses a potent threat purely because of his finishing ability. The vultures will circle if he keeps this up!

Happy with Alan Irvine in charge and that he has got a chance at the helm?

Most fans would agree it was an underwhelming appointment, largely because it came out of the blue. But he needs to be given time to mould the team, something his predecessor didn't get. He has one of the best squads I've seen us ever have, ultimately it depends on our style of play and where we finish this season. It would be nice if we can finish well clear of the relegation zone and have a much needed cup run. My only concern are his substitutions, sometimes I feel he dallies a little but it is still early days and he has had a reasonable start in terms of results.

Which other players are impressing so far for you?

Lescott, as mentioned earlier, has been a rock and the development of the younger players Dawson and Berahino is exciting to see. The huge plus has been the signing of left-back Sebastien, an absolute steal at £1.5m and already a fans' favourite.

If you could sign anyone from Palace, who do you like the look of?

I have to be honest, I've barely seen Palace play this season but I like the energy their midfield has, particularly Mile Jedinak. I've always rated Joe Ledley and Jame McArthur is a good player also. We know Neil Warnock's teams are usually hard-working and hard to break down.

What's your score prediction?

My prediction is the same as last season, 1-1. We ended up losing that one, so I hope that's not an omen!

West Brom fan previews Crystal Palace clash and predicts a draw


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