Erik Pieters: ‘We all stuck together’

Erik Pieters talks after Albion's draw at Norwich

Erik Pieters praised Albion’s team spirit after they earned a 1-1 draw at Norwich City on Saturday afternoon.

Dara O’Shea’s first-half header was cancelled out by a controversial Sam Byram goal midway through the second period as the sides ended up splitting the points in East Anglia.

But left-back Pieters, drafted into Steve Bruce’s starting XI for the first time, was pleased with his team’s showing – and believes they deserved more than a share of the spoils.

He said: “It was a tight game, but I think we played really well. It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t how we usually play. But I think we played all together.

“The spirit was right and everyone stayed together – even when it was ugly, we stuck together and everyone was working for each other. That’s the main thing that we showed today.

Erik Pieters in action against Norwich

“It’s a hard one. We had enough chances to win the game. They had most of the ball, don’t get me wrong. But they weren’t really that dangerous because I think we were so organised.

“A couple of corners were dangerous but besides that I don’t think we were under a lot of pressure. I felt like we had the control and if we could have nicked a second then we would have had three points.”

And, on a personal level, Erik was satisfied with his maiden start in Baggies colours at Carrow Road.

He added: “Another debut for me! It felt good. I think I can be happy with my first game.

“Sometimes it was a bit tough, but that’s normal when you play your first game after such a long time.

“We got a point and I think we'll look back on a decent result, but now we need to crack on.”