Barnes: Exciting Albion must be patient

HARVEY Barnes admits it’s an exciting time to be playing for Albion but insists patience will be key to the success of the team.

The Baggies trailed Reading 1-0 going into the interval on Saturday, before netting four second-half strikes to claim a comfortable Hawthorns victory.  

Darren Moore’s men have now netted a league-high 31 goals so far this term - matching their return for the entire 2017/18 season. 

And Barnes says the Baggies boss urged his players to resist feeling frustrated at half-time. 

“We know we are going to have to be patient in games and in the second half we showed that,” he said.

“We knew we’d create chances in the second half and we knew the game would open up.

“We got the goals to win the game in the end.

“The gaffer got the message across at half-time that we would need to be patient. We knew we weren’t quite at it in the first half and the gaffer changed it. 

“The changes he made worked perfectly for us. 

“When you have Jay and Dwight up there it’s a real confidence-booster. You know you’re going to create chances for them and they’re going to create chances for you. 

“I think it’s exciting times for the team. 

“It would be nice to get a few clean sheets but that starts from the front with a high press that stops the opposition playing out. 

“We know we can’t score three or four goals every week so the more clean sheets we can get the better. We’ll be trying to improve going forward and at the back.” 

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