Dara O'Shea discusses sensational Hawthorns form

Dara O'Shea is interviewed by WBA TV after Coventry win

Albion skipper Dara O’Shea believes the “positive Hawthorns environment” is providing the players with the perfect platform to produce impressive performances and pick up victories.

The Baggies beat Coventry City 1-0 on home soil on Friday night in the Sky Bet Championship, their seventh successive triumph and clean sheet in B71 in all competitions.

Grady Diangana scored the only goal of a game in which Carlos Corberan’s men had to show resilience and determination during spells of Sky Blues pressure towards the latter stages of the contest.

And O’Shea, who had a magnificent night at centre-back under the lights in the West Midlands, says he and his team-mates are stepping out at The Hawthorns with so much confidence at the moment, a statement which is backed up by the results they are collecting. 

The Republic of Ireland international said: “It feels amazing.

“It was important for us to get a positive result coming off the back of recent games, especially the Burnley game. 

“We didn’t play to our best in that one but we still had the game in our hands and could’ve got something out of it. 

“But being back at home, after so long away, all we wanted to do was come out and put a performance on and give the fans something to shout about.

“I don’t think the scoreline really reflects how well we played. 

“We were unfortunate not to score with the other chances, but that’s just football. 

“We’ve scored a goal, kept a clean sheet and won the game which, at the end of the day, is all that matters. 

“The gaffer’s been pushing his ways into us and everyone buys into it, which is massive. 

“That’s all he can ask for, and all we ask for is that kind of structure.

“The lads have been excellent. It’s not just us as a back four, it’s the boys in front of us too - it’s a collective. We’ve done really well. 

“We competed and the gaffer put a huge emphasis on that and last week we probably didn’t show how much of that we had on us. 

“But today we went out on the front foot, got the crowd on their feet and put a performance in. 

“All you want is to have somewhere where you can go and feel confident walking out. 

“The Hawthorns has been a really positive environment to be in as of late.

“We struggled here at the start of the season and things have changed, and hopefully this is the way they are going forward now. 

“We can’t get too complacent now and be happy with clean sheets. We’ve got to keep going and keep looking forward.”

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