Barber: Let's remain positive and go again

Chief executive's message to Albion fans.

By Paul Barber • 24 April 2023

By Paul Hazlewood
Albion have nine Premier League games left to play this campaign.

I know that the morning after the night before can feel difficult. For some, it can often be tinged with feelings of anti-climax, sadness and sometimes even regret. 

We don’t need to feel any of those emotions today. Roberto, the players, and our 36,000 incredible fans did everything possible yesterday to make us feel proud. 

The noise, the passion and the energy our fans brought to Wembley was unparalleled and unforgettable. I’ve seen many finals and semi-finals at the stadium and the atmosphere you created was something really special. 

Sure, we lost an FA Cup semi-final on penalties. It’s tough to take. But we played well, we had more possession, we had some good chances and we deserved to win.

Losing on penalties is always very hard. At Wembley, one step from our first FA Cup final in 40 years, it feels even worse. Of course it does. It’s a horrible way for a dream to end. 

By Paul Hazlewood
36,000 Albion supporters roared on Roberto De Zerbi's team at Wembley on Sunday.

But that was yesterday. Today we must focus on our remaining nine Premier League matches - and the chance to secure our highest points total and our highest finish. 

We’ve always said that progress isn’t made in a straight line upwards. There will be bumps in the road. Our strength and resilience will be tested. Well, today is one of those days. 

And, as with the successes we’ve enjoyed together this season, we’ll endure yesterday’s loss together too - and we’ll rally around Solly, who has had a magnificent season so far and is a big reason why we're in this position going into the business end of the season.

We all need to demonstrate our strength and resilience today, for the rest of this week and the remainder of the season. There’s a lot of football left to play and so much more we can achieve. 

Thank you to everyone - not least our players, Roberto and his staff - for all the hard work and enjoyment we’ve shared to date. And thanks to all our staff who worked so hard at Wembley. 

Let’s make sure we remain positive and focused, and let’s all get ready to go again and support the team at Nottingham Forest on Wednesday and Wolves at the Amex on Saturday. We’ve got a few big weeks ahead and your support will be so important.