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Johnstone joy at clean sheet

23 September 2018

SAM Johnstone was delighted to register his maiden clean sheet of the campaign and hopes it is the first of many more to come.

Albion were made to be patient by a resilient Millwall side at The Hawthorns on Saturday but second-half goals from Dwight Gayle and Kieran Gibbs secured a 2-0 victory.

Johnstone readily acknowledges that three points matter most, however he was a happy man to see the Baggies record their first shut-out in the Sky Bet Championship this term.

"It's been coming I think, we've been growing as a team," said the Baggies goalkeeper.

"Ultimately we've won 2-0. I said at the start of the season that three points is more important but if you keep clean sheets then it's a base to work off so I'm happy with that."

Darren Moore's attacking side took their goal tally to 22 in nine games as they extended their unbeaten sequence to four league matches, recording a sixth successive home win in all competitions in the process.

Asked whether the clean sheet will further bolster confidence among a new-look rearguard and formation, Johnstone replied: "I'm new, Barts (Kyle Bartley) is new - each game you're getting used to each other and game-by-game we're getting better.

"There's a long way to go. Hopefully, as a team, it will boost our confidence."


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