Pritchard got a 45-minute run out at Newcastle
ALEX Pritchard believes Saturday's 45 minute outing at Newcastle was a significant milestone as he continues to build up his overall match fitness.
The loanee has barely played this season, having only featured in a five minute spell for Tottenham earlier this season.
Pritchard's sharpness, by his own admission, is improving. And he believes better times, for him and the team, lie around the corner.
He was arguably Albion's best outfield performer on Saturday.
On his own FITNESS, Pritchard said:
The lads have been good to me but people didn't see my best on Saturday, even though it was good to make my debut for West Brom.
It was good to get a taste of the Premier League.
I was keen to get back in and get my fitness up because it's been a while since I played and on Saturday I didn't feel out of sorts and did feel comfortable out there with my fitness which was a big positive for me.
The gaffer told me to get on the ball, get forward and get positive. I had a go and tried to be positive but it didn't happen for us.
Coming on you need to support your strikers, you don't want them on your own - I think that's what I can do for the team.
Pritchard is ineligible for Wednesday's FA Cup at Peterborough.
On Albion's 1-0 LOSS AT NEWCASTLE and the FA CUP REPLAY, he added:
It wasn't the result we hoped for. It was tough to be one nil down but I went out to try and change the game and change momentum for us.
It won't be easy at Peterborough but we need to be positive and try to get in the next round. The atmosphere will be rocking so we will need to overcome that.
The main objective is to get wins. I'm at a new team and we need to put some performances in.
We don't want to look over our shoulders. We have to bounce back from this.