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Holgate on Baggies league bow, right-hand role and aspirations

13 January 2019

Mason Holgate hopes to rack up plenty more assists creating chances for Albion's predatory attacking options.

The right-back, a January loan signing from Everton, made his Sky Bet Championship bow in Saturday's 1-1 draw against Norwich City at The Hawthorns.

And he proved his quality immediately as he provided an inch-perfect cross for Dwight Gayle to hand the Baggies a 12th-minute lead.

It was Albion's 55th league goal of the season, the second-highest tally in England, just one behind Premier League champions Manchester City.

Speaking post-match, Holgate said: "With the front three we've got, all I have to do is just put it in there and they're going to be in and around it.

"For me, it's a dream knowing those three are going to be anywhere if I just put it in the right positions, someone is going to be there."

He added: "The gaffer and Bonner (Graeme Jones) have made it clear I can get up and down, do what I need to do, as long as I can get back.

"For me that's positive that I can have that freedom on my side."

The Baggies put in a high-tempo and positive performance against promotion rivals City, only to be undone by a late equaliser as they were forced to settle for a share of the spoils.

The point extends Albion's impressive run to just one defeat in 12 matches in all competitions and they remain unbeaten on home soil since the end of October.

And Holgate is keen to prolong those sequences to ensure the club are competing at the right end of the table.

"With the team and squad we've got, it's all about winning games and we'll see where that takes us," said the 22-year-old.

"I think everybody is clear here that they want promotion and that's one of the reasons I've joined, to try and help us."


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