ALAN Pardew saluted his players for delivering a performance to match the efforts of Albion’s travelling fans - who witnessed a well-earned share of the spoils at Anfield.
The Baggies army battled through torturous motorway delays to back their team all the way to the finishing line in a valiant goalless draw against Liverpool.
Pardew’s men executed the perfect game plan to blunt one of the Premier League’s most feared attacks and become the first side to prevent them scoring on their home turf since Manchester United.
And it wasn’t just a back-foot display as Albion enjoyed their own moments of menace going forward. It left Pardew ‘proud’ of both players and supporters.
“It was a great display,” said the Baggies Head Coach.
“If we’d had all our stadium here watching that I think they would be very proud.
“We had fans in the corner who had a terrible journey to get here and they were rewarded with a very strong display against all the big hitters - Liverpool played all their big hitters.
“We kept them very quiet and created on transition better moments, in the limited number that we had, than we did at Swansea. That’s an improvement but still an area to work on.
“We worked hard on the training ground and in the classroom and the boys saw the game out. It’s all well and good having a decent game plan but the players have to deliver.
“We had some really strong performances - and if you get four or five ‘eights’ in your team that normally constitutes points.”