Alex Palmer talks clean sheet record & Leicester clash

Alex Palmer smiling at the camera in training

Alex Palmer has been quick to praise the resilience of the whole team rather than accepting all of the credit for Albion’s impressive recent clean sheet record.

The 1-0 victory at Cardiff City in South Wales on Tuesday night sealed a ninth shoutout in the last 13 games for the Baggies and Palmer.

No team in the Sky Bet Championship has recorded more clean sheets than Carlos Corberán’s men, who’ll be aiming for a sixth shutout in seven at The Hawthorns when leaders Leicester City come to town on Saturday lunchtime (ko 12.30pm).

And Palmer says confidence levels are extremely high heading into this weekend’s eye-catching clash in front of their own supporters.

Alex said: “I would put our recent clean sheet record down to the whole team being resilient and putting their bodies on the line.

“We’ve been working so hard defensively. We’ve also had plenty of the ball and we’ve been attacking well, which gives the opposition teams very little opportunity to score and create chances which is good.

“We’ve been able to limit teams recently by keeping the ball and attacking ourselves.

“It will be a tough ask to do that on Saturday again, but the way that we’re playing at the moment, we can only head into the game full of confidence.

“Confidence is really high at the moment and we’re a confident bunch in general. We don’t tend to suffer from getting too low, even if things aren’t going too well.

“There are some really strong relationships in the dressing room and there’s a really good atmosphere here. All of that gets taken on to the pitch and things are going well at the moment.”

Speaking specifically about the fixture with the Foxes and the atmosphere inside the stadium, Palmer added: “This is why we play football, for these big games. It’s live on television and hopefully it’ll be played in front of a packed Hawthorns. It should be a great atmosphere.

“It’s one of those games that you can’t wait for. Two really good teams going head-to-head.

“They’ve not been on top form recently, but they’ve had a terrific start to the season and they’ll arrive as the leaders of the division.

“They’ve got some fantastic players and we’ll have to be on it.

“The supporters can play a massive role on Saturday. When The Hawthorns is rocking it’s as good as anywhere else. You can feel that on the pitch.

“Hopefully the supporters wrap up warm and bring their voices because we’ll need them on Saturday.”

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