Boaz Myhill: “A win in the Black Country derby can turn around West Brom’s season” – Former Baggies stopper on the derby and how an empty stadium will play a part

Tomorrow brings around the first Black Country derby for nine years.

Last time it was the Baggies who left Wolverhampton with all three points and a 5-1 victory, but that result couldn’t be further removed from the current situation.

If anything, Wolves are more likely to give Albion a drubbing on current form.

But former Albion goalkeeper Boaz Myhill believes that a win at their near neighbours has the potential to turn the tide of Albion’s below par season.

Myhill, from Weston Rhyn, who played 63 times for the Baggies, said: “These are the games and they can become turning points.

“I do think it is that type of game, it is one that can kickstart a season and it wiould be great to see us win there.

“We have the players to do it, its about getting onto the pitch and doing it.

“It will be great for the manager to win there and I believe we can do it.

“It has been a strange season, but we’ve seen Sheffield United win this week and it will be great to see Albion win.

“It is going to happen sooner rather than later and hopefully it will be tomorrow.”

Myhill’s nine years at The Hawthorns between 2010 and 2019 didn’t coincide with many Black Country derbies, with Wolves down in the Championship and League One during that time.

The atmosphere always plays a big part in this huge derby but due to the current pandemic the game won’t have that same edge.

And Myhill believes that edge that the loyal West Brom fans bring has hampered them at certain times this season.

“Not having our fans has made a big difference this season,” added the former Wales stopper.

“Some clubs struggle against their fans but ours aren’t like that, they have a massive impact and I do believe it has played a part.

“That might sound like an excuse but it has made a difference.

“I’ve never played in a first team game without fans myself but it isn’t the same.

“When shots go close, there is a save or goals it is exciting and that excitement is taken away a bit.

“The product isn’t as good so hopefully fans will be back in sooner rather than later.”

Myhill also spoke in depth about his long career and that interview is set to be released in a couple of weeks

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