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Darren’s delight at ‘fighting spirit’

29 December 2018

DARREN Moore is delighted with the “fighting spirit” his side displayed to earn a late point against Sheffield Wednesday.

The Baggies trailed the Owls courtesy of Atdhe Nuhiu’s fifth-minute opener and were further frustrated when Jay Rodriguez was given a straight red with 30 minutes left.  

And the gaffer says Albion’s stoppage-time equaliser is evidence his men have the never-say-die attitude required to succeed in the Sky Bet Championship. 

“I’m pleased with the point,” he admitted. “When you look at the game and the way it went, it was difficult for us. 

“It was our second game in three days, we made changes because we felt we had to make them.

“To go down to ten men with half an hour to play, the togetherness and resilience, the relentless approach from the players, and the consistency to keep trying, left me delighted.

“I’m really pleased with the fighting spirit. I felt the supporters knew we could get back in the game and we all got our just rewards with the goal at the end of the game. 

“It’s as good a point, with the sense of reward, that I’ve felt all season. 

“It felt like a match won in terms of the late goal. 

“Sheffield got their early goal, set their stall out, and kept men behind the ball. They made it very difficult and it’s one of the hardest things to do in football, to break down a team shape that defends 30 or 40 yards from their own goal. 

“I thought we dominated the game for long periods and I’m really, really pleased that we came off the pitch having not lost the game.”


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