Moore praises Albion ‘resilience’ in Stoke battle

Darren Moore highlighted his side’s battling qualities after Dwight Gayle’s goal earned Albion a determined 1-0 victory at Stoke City on Saturday evening.

The Baggies were forced to dig deep to claim a sixth win in seven away fixtures - earning their fifth clean sheet of the campaign to climb to fourth in the Sky Bet Championship. 

And Moore, who said he was pleased with his team’s overall display, singled out their “resilience” following a narrow win in the Potteries. 

“I’m really pleased because we know it’s not an easy place to come and they’re a good team,” he admitted. 

“You can see the work Nathan [Jones] has been doing with them and they’re starting to look settled. They’re not the team they were three or four weeks ago.

“They’re getting better and better so I’m really pleased to come away with the three points. I think we deserved it. 

“Some of our defending was good as a team and at times we had to manage the ball and keep our composure to take the sting out the game. I thought the boys did that and showed their experience. 

“We battled hard as a team and we stayed together to come away with three valuable points.

“I’m pleased with the work we did off the ball. The togetherness as a team to share the workload, off the ball, as a group, was really, really pleasing. Every one of them to a man played their part today so I’m really pleased. 

“The boys showed some resilience because we were put under pressure today. Stoke put some dangerous balls into our box but I was pleased to see Albion shirts on the end of them.”

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