Palmer 'maturing' thanks to First Team training

And young keeper heaps praise on Foster

Albion's Alex Palmer has said he's maturing as a result of training with the First Team.

The young keeper has been on the bench for the Baggies' last two Premier League fixtures and starred in the PL2 stalemate with Middlesbrough on Monday.

After making an outstanding save to keep the score at 0-0 against Boro, Palmer highlighted the benefit of training with the senior pros and being a top-flight substitute.

"Being around the First Team has been really useful.

"It can only help you to develop as a goalkeeper and mature as a man.

"I'd be lying if I said that being on the bench wasn't nerve-wracking.

"But it's exciting to know you could have the chance to impress.

"You've got to show you're confident and capable of backing up Ben [Foster] if required."

And Palmer was full of praise for Albion's number one in helping him progress.

"Ben's been great - he's quite laid back and a very well liked character in the changing room.

"He doesn't take himself too seriously but when it comes to matchday he's always on the ball.

"I watched him at Blues when I was growing up.

"For him to retain such a high level of goalkeeping in the Premier League is incredible."