Conor ‘itching’ for more action

Conor Townsend admits he’s been “itching” to play a part in Albion’s season after stepping off the bench to help earn a point against Barnsley at The Hawthorns.

The 26-year-old left-back aided the Baggies revival as a half-time substitute and provided the inch-perfect cross from which Matheus Pereira headed Slaven Bilić’s men level with nine minutes remaining.

And Conor, who has not featured in the league since the opening day of the season, hopes to play an integral role moving forward.

“It’s nice to play," he said.

"I’ve been a bit unlucky with the timing of my injury, but it’s nice to be involved and to contribute. It’s nice to see the lads doing well so far this season. I’ve been itching to get involved in it, itching to get in the team. Hopefully I have put forward a stake for Saturday but we’ll wait and see.

“We work on crossing every day in training, and hitting the right area. It paid off, it was into a good area for Matheus to get it in. It was a good header."

“Looking at some of the other results, they have seemed to go our way as well. Come the end of the season it could be a very valuable point. It’s a credit to the lads that we are still coming in disappointed having been 2-0 down. We are still disappointed we haven’t won the game.

“It’s a point on the board. It is better than getting beat. It’s a lot of character that we have shown and we have done it before this season, which bodes well for the future.

“We have got back into games all year. The problem is we have got to stop giving ourselves so much to do. It’s good that if we are down we know we are always in the game but we want to win games. If we are conceding a goal or two goals then we are giving ourselves a lot to do. I think that’s what we need to eliminate and we have got goals in the team. Once we stop conceding first and start scoring first we will put teams to the sword."

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