Alex Mowatt says he was delighted to start for Albion in the league for the first time on Saturday after remaining patient in the first seven games.
The midfielder was in the XI for the Baggies’ 0-0 draw with Millwall at The Hawthorns, and came close to scoring the winner when his free-kick hit the bar in the second 45.
Mowatt admits he was “gutted” to see his effort crash back off the woodwork but insisted he was pleased with his afternoon’s work on a personal level.
He said: “I’ve been dying to get a start and today was the day.
“I tried my best and unfortunately we didn’t win but we had some chances, we were knocking on the door and we didn’t win but we also didn’t lose.
“I thought I played well today, did better in the second half and the whole team did, but in the end we’re gutted not to have won.
“When you haven’t played in a while, it can be difficult. There’s definitely a determination to show what you’re about when you play.
“Sometimes you can be not as a sharp as you usually are and things like that, so I’ve been training as hard as I could so I’d be ready when I got my chance.
“I think overall we probably deserved three points. We had chances and we hit the bar twice. There were also some half-chances which just didn’t bounce our way.
“I thought my free-kick was in and I was gutted it didn’t go in to be honest. I spoke to Conor and he was happy for me to take it.”