Darren Moore has piled praise on Sam Field after he stepped off the bench to score the defining goal in Albion’s 2-0 win at Bolton Wanderers.
The young midfielder was a 26th-minute replacement for Baggies skipper Chris Brunt who limped off with a tight calf.
The early substitution saw Gareth Barry flanked by Field, 20, and Rekeem Harper, 18, in the middle of the park.
And the gaffer says the pair, who joined the club as boys, showed maturity beyond their years to help Albion earn a valuable victory in Lancashire.
“Sam’s goal meant a lot to him because he eats, sleeps and breathes this football club.
"That will have been a special moment for him and his family tonight. Long may that continue and long may Sam continue to give that level of performance.
“For him to come off the bench, step straight in, and perform the way he has - he was a credit to himself.
“I thought Rekeem took another step in terms of building a platform.”
“I thought both Rekeem and Sam were excellent, as was Gareth Barry, but the two youngsters put in mature performances.
“We’ve worked with them and it’s a proud moment for the club and the academy. The work they’ve put in, they got their reward today.
“They’ve been in the first-team squad since the start of the season and we’ve been working with them behind the scenes, alongside the pros.
“They’re getting their reward now with the injuries that we’ve picked up and they’ve stepped in.
“Both of them gave great performances and showed maturity considering they’re quite young.”