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Analysis: Point in the bag - now time for West Brom to build

A point on the road in the Championship is never the worst result – but Albion need to build on it this week.

Josh Maja is denied a late penalty (Photo by Adam Fradgley/West Bromwich Albion FC via Getty Images).

It was the classic tale of a game of two halves at Aston Gate at the weekend as Carlos Corberan’s Baggies kept their first clean sheet of the season in an entertaining goalless draw that was not short of action.

Albion’s form on the road has been a problem for a considerable period of time, so a point against a youthful and energetic Bristol City side is not something to be scoffed at.

And there were signs in the second half that Corberan’s team can really dominate games without conceding too many chances at the other end.

Josh Maja and Brandon Thomas-Asante provided Baggies fans with a real glimpse of the partnership they might be able to form playing together.

It was the former Sunderland man Maja who really caught the eye – and the Albion boss spoke about how impressed he was with the forward unprompted post-match.

He was introduced just after the hour mark, and it was the first time the pair had played together in a front two and they seemed to compliment each other well.

It was a steady afternoon for Corberan’s men at the start of a really important week for Albion as they have another difficult away trip at Watford on Wednesday night.

However, after the first 45 minutes at Ashton Gate, it felt like Albion were lucky to be all square as the hosts dominated the play and the chances and Baggies really struggled to assert themselves on the game, not mustering a single effort on goal.