Conor Townsend | ‘I’m delighted to contribute to the win’

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Conor Townsend says he was pleased to contribute to Albion’s important win over Norwich City on Saturday night.

The left-back curled in a fantastic free-kick to haul the Baggies level at half-time, before playing a perfect ball into Jed Wallace to convert and seal the points midway through the second period.

And Conor was happy to get on the scoresheet in the final home game of the regular season.

He said: “It’s been a while but I’m delighted to contribute to the win.

“As a team, we dug in together and even though we went in 1-0 down I thought we were the better team in the first half.

"We didn’t manage to put our chances away then they score on the counter so obviously it was disappointing, but the timing of the goal was important for us to go in level.

“I think we deserved it and then to get the win and keep the season alive was great.

“It’s hard not to see it [the other results] if you’re on your phone, but we know what we needed to do regardless of what happened elsewhere.

“We needed to win and if we did, then we’re still in with a shout come next Monday and that was the target and we’ve managed to do it.

“Now we go to Swansea on Monday and see what’s what.”

The defender admitted he and regular free-kick taker John Swift had been working on a routine in training. Townsend’s perfectly-executed set play was his first goal at The Hawthorns since joining the club in 2018.

And the 30-year-old says it was crucial to give the home faithful “something to cheer about”, and hopes to give those travelling to South Wales on the final day something similar.

Conor continued: “We’ve been speaking about it. We’ve had plenty of free-kicks and I think Swifty’s hit the post, bar, had some go really close.

“Everyone thinks Swifty’s going to take it which added a sort of element of surprise. We have been working on it in training and I don’t think I’ve hit one as good as that, but it’s gone in on the night.

“In our meetings before the game we got the table up from when the gaffer came in and I think we had 14 points from 17 games which is bottom-of-the-league form.

“So to turn it around from that to still in with a shout on the last day is credit to everyone.

“We’ve been really unlucky with injuries. We’ve had big injuries to big players at the wrong time and we’ve stuttered a bit over the last couple of weeks, but I think that’s because of all the injuries put together.

“We’ve been fighting all year but we’ve managed to give ourselves a shot and hopefully we can go to Swansea and do what we need to do.

“If it’s meant to be it’ll be, if not then that’s that.

“It was lovely to get on the pitch at the end and give everyone our thanks to the fans because they’ve been with us all season.

“It’s been a difficult season for them. They’ve seen us struggling a lot but they’ve stuck with us, were out in numbers tonight and hopefully they’ll follow us to Swansea and we’ll try and give them something to cheer about.”

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