DARREN Moore says his “resolute” Albion side were unfortunate to leave Middlesbrough empty handed on Friday evening.
On a night when both defences had the better of the action, Daniel Ayala prodded home in the final throes to deny the Baggies a creditable point at the Riverside Stadium.
But amidst the disappointment, and against a side who have scored all but one of their goals from set pieces, Darren saw signs that his side can show durability in the cut and thrust of a Sky Bet Championship campaign.
"It's frustrating to concede a goal of that manner in the last minutes of the game," he said.
"I thought we dominated the game. To come away from home, step into here and play the way we did was pleasing.
"But it's disappointing to concede.
"We should defend the first ball, we got caught under it.
"Nine times out of ten we head them away.
"For 90, 91 minutes I thought we were very resolute."
The Baggies boss pointed once again to the many twists and turns in the road ahead.
Darren added: "That's what makes this league so exciting.
"The results are up and down.
"We'll contest the cup match at Mansfield Town and then look ahead to Stoke.
"The games come thick and fast and we're just focussing on the next one."