‘Brilliant’ fans the talk of the dressing room - Livermore

Jake Livermore hopes Baggies fans understand the impact they have on the team after Albion completed a Christmas comeback to win 3-2 at Birmingham City.

Slaven Bilić’s men were backed by 2,800 vocal supporters at St Andrew’s where Albion twice came from behind to claim all three points in the derby.

And the Baggies captain says the support his team-mates received in the second city was the talk of the dressing room.

“The fans have been brilliant,” insisted Jake. “At the end when Charlie was given man of the match it shows what it means to them, but also what it means to us. I don’t know if they appreciate what it means to us. At 2-1 down they were shouting everyone’s name and singing the songs.

“It means a lot to us, not just singing when we are winning, but when we actually need you, like today when we are 2-1 down. The boys were singing in there [the dressing room] and we do pick up on things like that. That gives us the extra couple of percent that we need, and that’s what we had today.”

Albion extended their unbeaten run to 12 games at St Andrew’s and returned to the summit of the Sky Bet Championship prior to the 3pm kick-offs.

And Livermore had high praise for the men who came off the bench to help the Baggies extend their fine run of form.

“It’s a massive, massive, result for us,” he added. “More so the character to come from behind twice. We are going to need all that. I’m fed up that I keep saying it but I love that changing room to pieces. It sums us up, the subs that came on.

“Darnell was fantastic when he came on - he’s not played for a while and he’s been unfortunate not to play. He’s a fantastic kid, fantastic player - Kyle Edwards the same and Charlie when he came on. We all play our part, from back to front in the team. That’s what we are going to need.

“I have been promoted before and you need that throughout. You need a proper solid squad togetherness throughout. In a derby day like today - I’ll be honest it means nothing to us in there. It’s three points, it’s another opponent. Our objective is bigger than beating Birmingham. Our objective is to get up. Today was another hurdle and we got through it.”

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