Krovinović: We will give everything on Sunday

Filip Krovinović says his Albion teammates have put the late heartbreak at Barnsley behind them and already turned their attention to Sunday’s Sky Bet Championship clash against Middlesbrough.

The Croatian midfielder, who scored his first goal for the club in the 1-1 draw at Oakwell, admitted they were upset to concede in the last minute and drop points but insisted they will not dwell on their Boxing Day frustrations.

“When you suffer a goal in minute 90 it is very, very sad but no problem - our next game is on Sunday and now we’re going to go and prepare for that,” he said.

“We knew that the game would be very, very hard. They are fighting not to go into League One, so we prepared ourselves 120% and gave it our all. I thought we deserved to win but in the end it was a draw. We’ll move on.

“The feeling (of scoring my first goal) was amazing, like it always is when you score a goal. My first thought was to pass, but then I said ‘I will try and we’ll see’. My luck was in and it was a very nice goal.

"It’s very nice when you have a team where 15 different players have scored goals. Hopefully it will continue and we’ll get even more, the 16th will come and the 17th after that. It means that we are working very good and very hard, and I hope it will continue like that.”

Filip also believes that the squad can handle the hectic festive period despite a few players never experiencing an English winter before, with matches against Boro and Leeds coming thick and fast before an FA Cup third round tie at Charlton next weekend.

He added: “This busy Christmas period is new for me, and some other players also in the team.

“But I think a lot of things are in our heads. If we say in our head that we can do it, I don’t think it will be a problem for us.

“The game is only a few days away but we are professionals, we know how to take care of ourselves and we are going to prepare for the game.”

And, as Albion pass the midway point of the 2019/20 campaign, loanee Krovinović reflected on his time at The Hawthorns so far - reserving special praise for the Baggies supporters who have followed their team in great numbers up and down the country.

“I like it here very, very much,” said Filip.

“I like the people, the club, the training ground, the fans. They are amazing, they’re supporting us every game away and at home. I like the city too, so I am enjoying it a lot.

“I want to say a big thank you to the travelling fans that come to support us, I hope they will come in an even bigger number at home like always and we will give everything for them on Sunday.”

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