Alex Palmer | Confidence can be gained from clean sheets

Alex Palmer passing the ball wearing the blue goalkeeper kit

Alex Palmer insists plenty of positives can be taken from the two clean sheets Albion collected last week.

The Baggies earned their first two shutouts of the season in Sky Bet Championship draws with Bristol City at Ashton Gate and Millwall at The Hawthorns.

Palmer, who now has 13 senior clean sheets for the club to his name, provided crucial saves in both matches, denying Robins forward Harry Cornick in the dying stages in the West Country before diving low to his right to keep out Zian Flemming from the penalty spot on Saturday against the Lions.

And despite the disappointment of not picking up a victory yet in September, the goalkeeper believes Albion are now showing signs they’re building a stronger base to work from which he hopes will help give them a greater chance of winning games.

Alex said: “It’s always nice to keep clean sheets as a goalkeeper, as a defensive unit and as a team as a whole.

“It’s gives us a lot of confidence, especially here at home where not many teams have seriously troubled us since Carlos Corberán came in last October.

“We want to get back to that level where we were keeping clean sheets nearly every match at home.

“It gives us a great base level to build from to try and win games and points. We’ve been good at that in the past, so hopefully we can grow as a team and earn more clean sheets and score a few more goals at the other end of the pitch.

“We’ve had three draws in-a-row now and it is what it is. You’re going to have patches like that in a 46-game season and especially in this division which is so tight and so tough.

“I know it’s a cliché, but if you can’t win it then you have to make sure you don’t lose it.

“We’re unbeaten now in three games and we’ve kept a clean sheet in two of those. That’s not a bad thing.

“Hopefully results will start coming because we know we have the quality to win matches.”

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