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‘Everyone is pulling in the right direction’ - Gayle

4 October 2018

DWIGHT Gayle says a positive dressing room atmosphere has been the key factor in Albion's six-game Sky Bet Championship unbeaten run.

The forward, who has netted five times in his last six matches, played a crucial role in Darren Moore’s side as they triumphed over Preston North End, Millwall, Bristol City and Stoke City during September.

But Dwight insisted it’s been a team effort to catapult the Baggies into the higher echelons of the table, and is hopeful they can carry on their hot streak when Reading visit The Hawthorns on Saturday.

“Everyone is pulling in the right direction. We’ve got a good dressing room and I think that’s vital to what the coaches and staff are trying to do here,” he said.

“Harvey Barnes and Jay Rodriguez are great players and I’ve enjoyed playing with the two of them, but the ones behind us are doing excellent at the moment. They’re creating chances for us to get space and what they’re bringing to the team is excellent.

“It’s a good dressing room and they’ve welcomed me and Harvey into the team with open arms. There’s been a good buzz around the team and we’ve settled in.

“Getting a few goals early doors helps to do that, and also me getting loads of penalties for Jay is helping our relationship - so that one’s taken care of for now! He just tells me to keep getting some more for him.

“Against Reading it’s going to be a tough game. We know that everyone in the Championship is difficult.

“We’ve got to adapt to each team because everyone is coming with different tactics to try and stop us playing our best football. We need to address how they’re going to do that and come up with different ways of breaking them down to get the chances to score goals, as well as obviously trying to keep it out at the back.”

And it’s not just his fellow teammates that Dwight has heaped praise on, with the 27-year-old also giving a special mention to the Albion fans who he hopes will head into the international break happy after a battle with the Royals this weekend.

“The fans have been fantastic for us all season at home so far and even how much they’ve been travelling away. It’s been fantastic to see, even yesterday was a great turnout,” he added.

“They’ve been a great support for us and the fact that they’ve stuck with us through our transition period has been perfect. Hopefully we can repay them with points throughout the season.

“It’s a vital game for us to push on now and pick up three points at home just before the international break.

“It will give us that little bit of confidence to then go and address what we need to in the break and just improve as a team.”


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