Conor Townsend described his winning goal at Luton as long overdue but also extremely “special”.
The Albion full-back popped up at the back post to convert Matty Phillips’ delicious delivery high into the roof of the net from inside the six-yard box to seal an exceptional comeback victory against the Hatters.
Saturday’s winner in the 3-2 victory was Townsend’s first in the league for the club and first of any kind in Albion colours since his strike at West Ham United in January 2020, almost exactly three years ago.
And Conor says he was delighted to put the finishing touches to a thrilling turnaround on another fantastic afternoon for Carlos Corberán's men in the Sky Bet Championship.
He said: “It was a special moment.
“I think it’s been a three years since my last goal and it came at a really good time in front of the travelling fans.
“I nearly missed it. But the ball makes it. Matty’s ball across the face was outrageously good and I’ve done my best to miss it but I think it shows the character of the lads.
“To go 2-0 down, we still felt we could get back into it and we proved that today.
“The manager puts confidence in us as players in what he wants us to do, in the system that we’ve been playing.
“That system allows me to get forward into areas that, maybe before, I wasn’t, and the team talk we had at half-time was to go and attack.
“We were 2-1 down, but we kept insisting on doing the things we’re good at and to trust the chances would come.
“Luckily, we managed to get the two goals and get the win.
“I think you can see the confidence we’re playing with in the performances.
“We’re on a really good run. There have been some really good performances and that breeds confidence in what we’re doing.
“Everyone’s bought into what the gaffer wants and we’re seeing fruition from that now, so hopefully we can keep this run going.
“The start of the season wasn’t what we wanted, but we’ve managed to turn it around and put ourselves in a really good position.
“We’ve still almost 20 games to go and we’re all still hungry to do what we set out to do at the start of the season.
“We’ve set out to get back into the Premier League and we’ve given ourselves a good chance, but that’s all we’ve done at the minute and we need to keep going.”