Darren Moore says his players “gave everything” against Sheffield United despite falling to a narrow 1-0 defeat on Saturday evening.
Kieran Dowell headed home the only goal of the game in the 14th minute at The Hawthorns – Albion’s first defeat in five Sky Bet Championship matches.
It was the first time the Baggies have been unable to find the net in a league game on home soil since Boxing Day 2017.
And the boss admitted, on another day, his side might have been able to find a way back into the encounter.
He said: “I thought it was a tight game.
“They got the all-important goal and then they made it difficult by getting men behind the ball.
“They had something to hold on to and we ran out of steam.
“Maybe the game was one too far in the end, given the heavy recent schedule.
“We needed a little bit more energy to get around the pitch and we didn’t have that for whatever reason.
“The players gave everything and I can’t ask much more than that.
“They tried everything to try and get back into the game and on another night, I’m sure that we score goals.
“I thought their keeper pulled off a good couple of saves to take pressure off them.
“My players tried and tried again but we just didn’t get that final touch.
“It’s really important that we rest, recover and get back on track next week.”