Mozza: Belief helped me through

SATURDAY’s thumping victory over Leeds United held special significance for James Morrison.

The 4-1 humbling of the Sky Bet Championship pace-setters was Morrison's first Hawthorns victory of the season and marked the end of a long road to recovery from serious injury.

In an emotive interview after the final whistle, Mozza opened up about his injury struggles and how much sweeter it felt to claim all three points at the weekend.

"I've missed that," he said, "coming off the pitch with a win and feeling knackered.

"It's little things like that. You can pay me all the money in the world but you can't replace that.

"You think 'am I ever going to get back, is this it?' I'm no spring chicken.

"I just kept believing and worked hard and had good family around me to keep pushing me. I spent a month on my own in Qatar, working to get fit in a rehab centre there.

"I worked with my own physio – I really wanted it and there was a decision at the end to come back and try and go out on a high [at Albion].

"I'm not just trying to make it up for a bit of sympathy. The struggles that you go through with a serious injury are massive."

The 32-year-old midfielder will take a moment to appreciate his comeback.

But sentiment will turn to determination as the Baggies resume their promotion mission against Ipswich Town.

He added: "That's my third game [in a row].

"I didn't feel that tired considering there was a lot of work for the midfield three. I was happy.

"I'll probably sit by myself and reminisce how far I've come.

"It is a good achievement for myself personally because this time last year I was in a bad hole so I'll probably just give myself a pat on the back.

"It's important I keep going through the international break and not let it slip."

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