Furlong: Players enjoying ‘challenge’ of new style

Darnell Furlong saying the players enjoying ‘challenge’ of the new style under Valerien Ismael

Darnell Furlong insists he and his team-mates are relishing the "challenge" of implementing Valérien Ismaël’s philosophy in their performances.

The Baggies stretched their unbeaten run in pre-season to three games with a goalless draw at Watford on Saturday afternoon, earning a third consecutive clean sheet in the process.

The defender was utilised as a right wing-back in a 3-4-3 system at Vicarage Road, with Conor Townsend playing down the left in front of Dara O’Shea, Kyle Bartley and Semi Ajayi.

And Furlong says he’s looking forward to having the license to get forward and join in the attacks in his advanced role for Albion this season.

He said: “The squad is in a good place. The boys are enjoying it all and the challenge of learning the new style.

“A new style can often happen when a new manager comes in. We’re trying to take his ideas in and then implement them on the pitch.

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“Getting forward is definitely part of the game I really do enjoy.

“I like attacking and maybe in the Championship we will have more opportunity to do so compared to last year in the Premier League.

“In terms of fitness, I think we are all starting to get there.

“I don’t think anyone is at 100 per cent, but that is what these next couple of weeks are for before we play Bournemouth.

“I thought we played well at Watford. We saw how good they were in the Championship last year. 

“We went toe-to-toe with them and I thought we were the better team for large parts of the game.

“That gives us a good feeling and plenty of confidence.

“There’s still a long way to go, but we’re already starting to get really excited for that first game.”

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