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45 www.birmingham­live.co.uk BIRMINGHAM MAIL FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 Football DAVID Conor given perfect stage to perform on By JOSEPH CHAPMAN With Albion BRIGHTON joseph.chapman@reachplc.com CONOR Gallagher believes he will be allowed to express himself at West Brom – and the midfielder can’t wait to get going in the Premier League after making his debut in the Carabao Cup. Gallagher has signed on a one-year loan from Chelsea and although he is ineligible to face his parent club this weekend, he is buoyed by the prospect of playing regular top-flight football for the first time in his career. He intends to repay Albion with goals and assists, beginning with the trip to Southampto­n on Sunday week. “The main target for me after last season was to play in the Premier League and West Brom is the right team for me,” said Gallagher. “I feel I can express myself here. “I can show West Brom and Chelsea what I can do. I’m excited. I want to create chances and score goals. I was disappoint­ed not to do better against Brentford – I felt like I could have scored – but it’s about being in the right positions. “It’s the end product I have to improve and I think I can do that and give the team a lot.” Gallagher played the full 90 minutes and scored a very cheeky penalty in the shoot-out 1-3 2-1 EVERTON 0-2 2-3 CHELSEA 1-4 0-3 1- 1 2-2 LEEDS 2-2 2-1 NEWCASTLE The main target after last season was to play in the Premier League and West Brom is the right team for me. 2-0 3-1 Conor Gallagher is looking forward to showing the Albion fans what he can do LEICESTER referee Mike Dean for his protests. “Slaven Bilic has been fined £8,000 after admitting a charge for a breach of FA Rule E3 and accepting the standard penalty,” an FA statement read. “The West Bromwich Albion manager’s behaviour on the field of play at halftime amounted to improper conduct.” to play in the Premier League and to help the team.” Meanwhile, Albion head coach Slaven Bilic has been fined £8,000 after being shown a red card during the 5-2 defeat at Everton last Saturday. Bilic went on to the pitch at half-time following the dismissal of defender Kieran Gibbs and was sent to the stands by defeat to Brentford at The Hawthorns on Tuesday. He is all the better for it, even if the final outcome didn’t go Albion’s way. “It was my first game for a while so I’m not going to be at my best, but I thought I did quite well,’’ he said. “I’m feeling fitter and stronger. “Now I’m just looking forward to showing the fans what I can do. I’m just excited for the season, 3-2 3-0 Conor Gallagher WOLVES 1-2 0-3 Slaven Bilic 1-2 2-2 ARSENAL Inspiratio­nal Ivanovic shows he has still got it 3-0 2-1 IF the meeting with Brentford in the Carabao Cup told West Brom boss Slaven Bilic anything, it’s that Branislav Ivanovic still has it. He might have featured for only an hour, but the Chelsea legend did enough on his debut to suggest he possesses exactly what the Baggies have been missing. Ivanovic’s reading of the game and his ability to cut out attacks was second to none. He won a number of aerial challenges under pressure and calmed things down when there might otherwise have been panic in the Albion box. Ivanovic, now 36, already looks an inspired signing and showed glimpses of the qualities Bilic has brought him to the club for. He is still getting used to his new surroundin­gs, having spent a number of years in Russia with champions Zenit St Petersburg, but Bilic isn’t ruling out the prospect of Ivanovic featuring against Chelsea at The Hawthorns tomorrow. “We know Ivanovic is going to bring us quality, he is going to bring us composure, he is going to bring us experience, and he is going to bring us leadership on the pitch,” said the head coach. “It was the plan for him to play 45 minutes minimum. Maybe 60. He felt good so it was 60. We’re going to see about Saturday. This has been the best possible training for him. He came out of it clean, with no issues. We’ll see. “We have a long time to prepare him and the squad for the Chelsea game. Why not?” Branislav Ivanovic PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­r.com +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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