West Brom fans react on Twitter to Rickie Lambert’s debut performance

West Brom lost to Manchester City, but Lambert impressed on his debut following his move from Liverpool.

The Baggies fell to a 3-0 home defeat to Manchester City as their Premier League season got off to a poor start.

It was a stale performance by the Midlands club, and Tony Pulis’ team were not set up well to counter the threat posed by City’s impressive players. The team were far too deep for much of the game, and it was not until the half-time introduction of Claudio Yacob - and the switch to 4-3-3 - that the Baggies started to look solid.

But they were already three goals down by that point, and getting back into the game proved too tough a challenge to overcome.

There were a number of debuts being made in the tie for Pulis’ side, with James Chester, James McClean and Rickie Lambert all making their first appearances for the club.

Chester struggled at right-back - not his natural position - and was often caught out by City debutant Raheem Sterling. McClean was acceptable, but his role was often more defensive than the attacking play he would be used to.

The real highlight was Lambert, who showed class playing up front alongside Saido Berahino.

He won a number of aerial duels, and helped out defensively when needed. He also had the Baggies’ best chances through a number of free-kicks which came close to hitting the target. Considering he has hardly trained with the team following his move from Liverpool, Lambert looks a step above some of his teammates, and it will be exciting to see how he improves after a couple of weeks of settling in.

Following the game, West Brom fans took to Twitter to express their pleasure at seeing Lambert taking to the field for his debut with the club.

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