Kevin Phillips defends Valerian Ismael against Adrian Durham criticism

Former West Bromwich Albion striker Kevin Phillips has defended his former side after coming under fire from talkSPORT’s Adrian Durham.

It follows comments made by the broadcaster slammed performances under Valerien Ismael after he joined the side over the summer and likened them to “Tony Pulis with towels.”

“It’s just garbage, isn’t it. West Brom have recent history in the Premier League. If he gets to the Premier League playing like this then they’ll be laughed out of it in no time at all. They’ll be even worse than Norwich.”

“I believe that the fanbase at West Brom is split because there was so much noise at the time about wanting Pulis out and wanting a better style of football, that a lot of them realise that, actually, this guy is Tony Pulis with towels.”

Durham also claimed the Baggies manage was “pulling wool over a lot of people’s eyes” in a stunning take following performances of recent weeks.

Speaking to West Brom News, Kevin Phillips backed the French manager and criticised the talkSport Drive host.

He said: “I don’t care what anyone says – whether it’s Adrian Durham or not – at the end of the day, it’s about results.

“You can play the best football in the world and be mid-table but for a club like West Brom, you need to bounce back so it’s just about getting results.”

“We saw it in the Birmingham game, it’s all about getting that win. Yes, they probably weren’t great on the night, it was a fairly even game at times but they did play some good stuff but it’s all about results.

Phillips played 71 games for the Baggies over two years, scoring 31 goals, before moving to Birmingham City in 2008 and suggested the main aim was largely promotion back to the top flight.

““Don’t get me wrong, I like to watch nice football but at the end of the day, it’s about results and getting back to the Premier League. I disagree, I don’t think it’s terrible football.

“Everyone wants to see great football culminating in a win but unfortunately, only the best teams do that in the world. When you’re at the top of the Championship, results matter most, whether you like it or not.”

Phillips also defended his former club’s boss who joined in the summer to replace Pulis at the helm.

“At times, they’ve played good football but again, it’s a new manager and he’s only had 14 games.

“They weren’t saying this about his Barnsley team, there were plaudits for them five months ago.

“It’s a new team, it takes time. I don’t buy it.”

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