Daryl Dike discusses Middlesbrough double

Daryl Dike is interviewed after scoring against Boro

Daryl Dike believes his early brace against Boro on Saturday afternoon gave the whole team a big boost for the rest of the encounter. 

Dike scored in the eighth and tenth minute at The Hawthorns to hand the Baggies a blistering start against a side who had won five on the bounce prior to their trip to the West Midlands. 

Albion went on to deliver a solid defensive display and claim three important points in the race for a place in the top six of the Sky Bet Championship. 

And Dike says scoring two having not scored for a while is a great feeling to have.

Daryl said: “It feels very, very good for me. 

“Having not scored for a few games as a striker, it was something that I really wanted to do. 

“On top of that, we’ve managed to keep the home streak going, so it’s great.

“When you have players like Jed and Swifty around all you have to do is put yourself in the box and they’ll find you. That's exactly what happened with the first goal and I’m happy for it. It got the game rolling.

“For the second, the ball was played to me and I shot. I followed it up because I wanted to make sure the ball went in the net one way or the other. It gave us a big push going into the rest of the game.

“Having a two-goal lead against a difficult side was something that I thought was so, so important.

“I think it was a worthy win. I think the guys from the first minute until the last were grafting. Middlesbrough certainly had their fair share of possession but we defended so well.

“The guys at the back and in the middle were showing so much resilience. Everyone was working hard to get three points and that showed.

“The home fans always bring out a lot in us. Every tackle, pass and challenge you can hear that they’re behind us. They are our twelfth man.

“They are the reason why we make the next run or the next tackle. For us they are really important and being at our fortress is really important.”

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