In what was an exciting championship opener, the Baggies came back twice from behind to draw Scott Parker’s men 2-2.
While overall a draw was probably the right result, Albion was a little unhappy not to win with Callum Robinson seeing a hard-ruled goal.
Nonetheless, Ismael was pleased with the way his team performed in what was their first competitive outing under the Frenchman.
“I think for an opener it was fun,” said the boss.
“I think in the first half we were at the top with our intensity. There were a lot of situations where we pressed really well.
“In transition we were a little sloppy at times – we held the ball too long.
But I think we were in control.
“Bournemouth were very clinical, they scored with their first shot on goal.
“I think throughout the game we showed a strong mentality – we came back twice from behind.
“We were excellent without possession. In possession we have to improve for the next game. We need to have more confidence and be calmer.
“But I think it comes with the pressure of the first game, nobody knows exactly where you are, so there are a lot of questions.
“The last point from me, really positive, our support from the fans was incredible.
“Especially after the second goal when we came back to the game.
I’m just looking forward to a home game because with the way we play our home fans will be a massive support. “
Albion duo Dara O’Shea and Callum Robinson canceled goals from Emilano Marcondes and Philip Billing at Dean Court.
But Robinson was extremely unhappy not to score two goals on the night – the forward seeing a first-half effort ruled out harshly for a foul.
“Welcome to the championship,” Ismael said when asked about the disallowed goal.
“I know the championship, you can’t change a thing. You just have to accept it and move on.
” It does not matter. It was a good game between two teams.
“Bournemouth was strong. But most of the time, we had things under control.
“I think in the first half our clearances weren’t clinical enough and we gave Bournemouth a chance to counterattack. We have to improve for the next game.
“But I see a lot of positive points in this performance.
“What we need to improve is to have more confidence, more clarity in the defense. I think we’ll have that for next week. “
One player who was not involved at Dean Court was Romaine Sawyers who has been linked with a move to Stoke.
When asked if Sawyers was not involved so that he could weigh his future, Ismael replied, “Yes. But Romaine had a problem with COVID, and he came back later in the preseason, so we have players who aren’t 100%.
“Adam Reach is not ready, Snods (Robert Snodgrass) is not ready, Romaine is not ready by the minute, so we now have to build momentum.
“We have to find the balance, with the players who are ready to compete by the minute, and then give the others time to come to the same level.
“When we have depth in the team, we can allow ourselves to wait and give young players a chance from the start. “
Grady Diangana came out against Bournemouth with an ankle injury.
“He was kicked or twisted his ankle,” Ismael added.
“I saw the first situation, and the second situation, the press situation, it was not that clinical so we don’t want to take any risks because we have the possibility on the bench to do something.
“We changed directly and it was the right decision. “