Moore: We're rising to the challenge

VICTORY at Preston North End is indicative of Albion's fighting spirit in the Sky Bet Championship, says Head Coach Darren Moore.

The Baggies secured a 3-2 triumph at Deepdale - the Club's first in the league since 1959 - to go top of the table.

According to Darren, it was another example of his squad "rising to the challenge" set before them at the start of the campaign.

"I'm very, very pleased again with the three points," he said.

"Despite scoring three goals I thought we could have got more.

"The lads found another way to win the game. Preston pressed us and made it difficult for us at times. We had to be patient and probe.

"The goals came and opened up the latter part of the game. Preston's goal made it a tense couple of minutes, but we were worthy winners.

"It's always nice to win games and keep momentum.

"Each game presents a different hurdle. Everyone to a man is rising to the challenge."

Predictably, the gaffer paid little attention to his side's league position. Indeed, he was unaware of reaching the summit on Saturday afternoon.

He added: "We'll keep our feet on the ground.

"It's a marathon not a sprint.

"I didn't even know about that.

"It's a relentless league so we have to approach it one game at a time."

But there was special mention for goalscorers Dwight Gayle and Jay Rodriguez, who netted their sixth and seventh of the season respectively - either side of a Lilywhites own goal - to secure the triumph.

"They're huge, as are all the squad," said Darren.

"They'll be the two finishing the chances, but it's the boys behind them creating them.

"They're a threat and we're delighted to have them in the team.

"We don't mind who scores goals. If we can share them around the team then 'happy days'.

"It's tremendous teamwork all round that's creating chances."

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