Darren wants 'winning habit'

DARREN Moore says Saturday’s 2-1 triumph over Stoke City will breed further confidence in the Albion ranks.

Dwight Gayle struck a sublime double at The Hawthorns, but it was also a day for the defence as a back three of Craig Dawson, Ahmed Hegazi and Kyle Bartley took to the field together for the first time.

"It's a good three points against a good Stoke team," said Darren.

"It was a pulsating, high-energy game.

"We managed the ball really well and, because of that, we dominated the game for large periods.

"I'm delighted that Dwight got his goals and showed two quality finishes.

"When you fashion chances like that you need someone on the end of them.

"At the top end of the pitch we've got a solid strike force that can put the ball in the back of the net.

"But the back three gelled together and won some solid headers at critical times.

"Being a former defender I'd have liked the clean sheet for a '10/10' performance. But I don't think that can detract from what was a good afternoon.

"It was a good team performance and we're really pleased."

And it's a victory that can help the Baggies get into a 'habit' of picking up three points, says the gaffer.

Darren added: "It's always nice to get that winning feeling, that winning habit.

"It breeds confidence. We can all go home happy.

"I'm happy in terms of the points tally because there have been a couple of games where we've had knock-backs.

"We're moving in the right direction but there's still work to be done.

"We'll use this couple of weeks to refine the areas of the pitch where we need to be better."

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