Conor Townsend: West Brom ‘fine’ to be called play-off underdogs

Conor Townsend: West Brom ‘fine’ to be called play-off underdogs

13 May 2024 0 By Total Football News

The Baggies travel south in four days knowing Saints fans will be expecting their side to make the most of home advantage.

Townsend thinks the fact that Russell Martin’s side finished 12 points ahead of Albion – and did the double over them in the league this season – will amplify that expectation and, with it, the pressure.

“They’ve been higher than us all season and were flirting with going up automatically so maybe the pressure’s on them,” the full-back added.

Southampton along with Leeds, who also drew 0-0 in the first leg of the other semi-final against Norwich, are hoping to emulate champions Leicester City in securing an immediate return to the Premier League following relegation last season.

And Townsend says anyone tipping the pair as favourites to meet at Wembley on 26 May because of their recent top-flight experience is welcome to do so.

“We’re happy being the underdogs if the media want to paint it that way,” the 31-year-old said.

“If those two are nailed on to go up – then fine – it doesn’t make any difference to us. We’ll probably use that to our advantage in the dressing room.”

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