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Delighted Charlie on big team effort

14th December

Charlie Austin says Albion may have overcome their biggest psychological challenge of the season by twice coming from behind to win 3-2 at Birmingham City.

The 30-year-old striker stepped off the bench to net a quick-fire double as the Baggies took all three points in the derby at St Andrew’s.

And Charlie, who has now scored six goals in his last five appearances, admits Albion were forced to temporarily change their style of play in order to claim the victory. 

“On a personal note it’s great, to come off the bench and score two goals in the derby, it’s fantastic,” said Austin.

“Ultimately we had to change the way we played, for the rest of the season we’ve been trying to pass the ball, but this is a tough place to come.

“Look ultimately, we got the three points which is great for us.

“Mentally I think that’s the biggest win of the season, to come from behind twice and take away the three points. We were the early kick-off and teams were probably going out for their warm-up knowing we were behind. They’re then going to ask and we’ve won 3-2.

“When you come on you just want to make an impact, we were 2-1 down, so you just want to do something whether that’s scoring a goal or doing something else. It sat up nicely and I just hit it on the half-volley.

“For the second Darnell has put in a perfect cross for me. I tried to take my man to the front post and I just stopped so I was alone. I’ve made a career out of it, really.

“It was a big team effort, alright I’ve come on and scored two goals, but it’s a massive team effort from start to finish.

“When it’s a derby you’ve just got to get those three points and today we did that.”

Asked if he was happy with Albion’s seven-point return from the week, he replied: “No, I wanted nine really, if I’m honest. But now being here, being 1-0 down at the start, we’re happy of course we are.”

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