Jake: ‘fantastic’ support worthy of praise

Jake Livermore admits he’s not one to unduly dish out praise - but insists Albion’s fans have been in fine form all season.

The Baggies will be backed by more than 1,300 supporters at the televised trip to Millwall on Sunday lunchtime, having already delivered strong 2020 contingents to West Ham and Cardiff following back-to-back games at Charlton. 

And Jake believes the “fantastic” fans have not faltered in their support of Slaven Bilić’s side, even when results were not going their way. 

The skipper said: “I’m not one to credit fans unnecessarily but our fans are fantastic, the travelling ones almost always sell out, and at home on the weekend I really thought they were fantastic. They really did give us that lift that we needed. 

“So many players have been fans before they were players and they know what it’s like when your team’s not been at their best for whatever reason, or had no rub of the green for five or six games.  

“It can be difficult to show that same hunger and enthusiasm, from a fan’s point of view, and I thought they were great, they were singing the whole way though and it did give the boys a lift. 

“I speak on behalf of the changing room and the entire training ground, they were fantastic.”

Livermore says the Baggies have a score to settle with Millwall after last season’s 2-0 defeat at The Den. 

“These are the sorts of games we need to go and stamp our authority early on in the game. We owe them one from last season. It was a big turning point for us last season and they’re games that we’re really going to need to push on in if we are to achieve our goal.”