Albion are looking to learn lessons from their 4-1 defeat by Manchester City.

We asked four long-time fans for their thoughts on the game we saw on Saturday.

Then we asked about what lies ahead for Solly March, who was one of the pluses from that test by the champions.

1. What were your thoughts on Albion’s performance versus Manchester City?

Colin Beales: The Albion were very sloppy in the first half and an on-form City side were in the mood to capitalise on any mistake we made. In the second half we looked a different side, made a great account of ourselves and will have felt a bit disappointed to have let in the late goal that didn't show our second half dominance. I hope the second half sets us up well for another tricky game at Liverpool next.

Tim Ayling: Up against the best team in the world, on fire. I don't think it's easy to judge our performance, though second half we gave a very good account of ourselves. Big call from Potter to bench Duffy but I don't think it would have made much of a difference. Sometimes you have to hold your hands up and applaud the opposition.

Alan Brownings: A game that we could probably never win, but one we should have started with our strongest side to have given us the best opportunity. I’m afraid Graham Potter got it wrong, in defence particularly.

James Heasman: I thought Man City were excellent in the first half with fantastic movement, and it was difficult to cope with it. However, the goals they scored were all a result of our errors, and at times we looked in awe of them. Whatever was said at half-time worked, and we played at a higher tempo. Interestingly, when Maupay was withdrawn, we actually looked more of a threat, as the City defenders needed to deal with different movement. As expected, Kevin Friend gave his normal inept refereeing display.

2. Who was your pick of the Albion players?

Colin Beales: I thought Lallana was decent in the first half but faded in the second. Cucurella was good but was involved in a bad pass that they broke on for their second so I give it to Solly March, who I thought was consistently decent through the game.

Tim Ayling: Solly had a great game and, despite his mistake, without Sanchez we could have been five or six down at half-time. I also thought Lamptey and Mwepu did really well when they came on.

Alan Brownings: Cucurella again. He has given us a different option and of course we got a first glimpse of the problems we will cause teams with him and Lamptey in the side.

James Heasman: As good as City were, we actually played poorly, particularly in the first half. In my opinion the only player who performed in both halves was Adam Lallana.

3. In which role can Solly March be most effective for Albion this season?

Colin Beales: I actually like Solly's flexibility, but certainly Cucurella's appearance may affect where and when Potter plays him. Glad I'm not the manager!

Tim Ayling: His versatility works against him in a sense. His best position is wing-back and I'm sure he will get plenty of game time there. But he will crop up all over the pitch during the season.

Alan Brownings: Solly will always be an option to mix it up from the bench, such a frustrating player to watch, who has the ability to go past players like they are not there, but more often than that can’t produce a good final ball. Doesn’t really add much in terms of goals when playing further forward and neither he or Dan Burn are fully effective as wing-backs at this level.

James Heasman: Really difficult question as Solly is such a good player. I would say anywhere he wants to, as he looks comfortable in most positions and arguably may be a player who starts for a specific tactical reason. Given where our team is, I’m not sure he is a first choice starter, which is something I didn’t think I’d say!