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Johnstone targets shutouts

26 October 2018

SAM Johnstone has set his sights on more clean sheets as Albion continue their evolution to a more expansive style of football.

Sam, Darren Moore's first summer signing, has been called on by his new gaffer to play out form the back as the Baggies adapt to a free-flowing style.

While there's an onus on our number one to instigate attacks, his priority remains protecting the 'goals conceded' column.

And the 25-year-old stopper admits denying Blackburn tomorrow would be a big confidence boost.

"It's not been easy," said Sam.

"Everyone can see that we're trying to play a different way to what the lads and the fans are used to.

"The start of the season has been good but it's been difficult.

"It's a new way of playing for me. I'm still trying to find my feet with it.

"There's a risk to it but I think we have the personnel to do it.

"Of course [I want more clean sheets]. We've only had one.

"It's something we need to start doing, but we play attacking football so are always going to be a little bit open.

"As long as we win the game then the clean sheets aren't as important.

"It would be nice, confidence wise, to get more.

"The last two results haven't been the best but we're still up there.

"There's a long way to go."


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