Townsend’s delight at maiden Albion goal

Conor Townsend was delighted his first goal for the Club was the decider as Albion defeated Premier League side West Ham United in the Emirates FA Cup.

The left-back’s powerful left-footed drive early in the first half turned out to be the only goal of the game, with Slaven’s men holding off late pressure from the Hammers. 

However, after more than a year at The Hawthorns Conor finally has a goal to his name in a display which the defender described as ‘brilliant.’

“It’s nice to finally get one,” said Conor. 

“I don’t hit too many to be fair. I could probably do with shooting more but it opened up and I thought, ‘why not’ and luckily it’s gone in. 

“18 months I’ve been here and it’s nice for it to be the winner, but as a team I thought we were brilliant.”

The Baggies had several chances to extend their lead during the game, with Charlie Austin going close twice. 

And Charlie didn’t hold back on giving Conor stick for his goal after the game, but the goalscorer admitted that Albion were disappointed that it wasn’t a greater margin in the end.

Conor continued: “In the first half we probably could have had a few more and we were a bit disappointed going in just one will up which is a credit to the performance. 

“I thought we outplayed them in the first half. it wasn’t just a smash and grab result - we could have had three or four! 

“We’ve been working hard throughout this bad patch in the league to be turning it around. We all believe we’ve got the quality and the players in there to do it and we’ve shown today that we can beat anyone so we need to take this into the league now.”

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