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Ridgy: We never give up!

Defender also reveals his empathy for Dozza

LIAM Ridgewell insists Saturday’s battling 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane illustrates the never-say-die attitude of his team-mates.

The Baggies full-back, who joined the club from Blues in January, played a prominent role at Spurs as Steve Clarke’s men attempted to keep Defoe & Co quiet. 

And the 28-year-old defender believes Albion’s buoyant display against last season’s fourth-placed Barclays Premier League side is a sign of the strides being made under Clarke.

“We were very resilient in the first half and in the second half we showed what we’re all about,” said Ridgewell.

“You’re not going to go to White Hart Lane and dominate as they’re a difficult side to come up against.

“We took confidence from the first half and created plenty of chances in the second half that we could have scored from.

“Mozza went over on his ankle so I think he was struggling with that. But he showed what the team is about by getting our late equaliser. Everyone wants to do well for the cause and put a good display on.

“It was tough day for everyone, especially Shane Long, who was just trying to get on the scoresheet and do well for the team.”

Ridgewell was delighted for team-mate Graham Dorrans, who returned to the starting line-up after his daughter Ava fell seriously ill two weeks ago.    

“It was fantastic to see Dozza back in training during the week and back on the pitch at Spurs," he added.

“I think it shows that all our players want to do well for the team and help us get a result.

“My little girl went through the same thing so I’ve got behind him.

"I’ve just tried to speak to him as much as possible and show our support.

“That’s what you do if you’re friends.

“It’s difficult but you have to try and stay strong and be a good, positive person.

“I think he showed on Saturday, in how well he played, how strong he is.

“My daughter Eva was six-months old. Things like this are sent to test us and hopefully we come through them.

“She’s three now and it was about two and a half years ago.

“Graham has shown great strength and we’re all delighted for him.”