Jed Wallace on personal form, 'quality' team-mates & Coventry trip

Jed Wallace celebrates after beating Rotherham

Jed Wallace believes Albion players are flourishing individually as a result of a collective “quality” and “togetherness” on the pitch and throughout training in the week.

The Baggies are in glistening form heading into the festive period and have taken maximum points (15) from their last five Sky Bet Championship games.

Wallace has delivered some sparkling showings during the club’s successful sequence of results and has been voted Man of the Match by Baggies supporters in both of the recent victories over Sunderland and Rotherham United. 

The Albion winger provided the assist for Daryl Dike’s winner at the Stadium of Light before scoring one and creating one in Saturday’s comfortable triumph against the Millers.

And the Albion winger says he’s loving his football at The Hawthorns, but insists plenty of the praise for his impressive displays should be directed towards a number of his team-mates.

Jed said: “It’s been a really good few weeks for us.

“I think the last time I spoke to WBA TV was before the Sheffield United game and I said how hard we were all working to turn things around. I think everyone has seen evidence of that in the last six games, certainly the last five.

“I still think there’s a lot more for us to improve on, but we’re clearly in a positive place right now.

“The games are coming thick and fast over the Christmas period and we want to keep climbing the table.

“Recently, you’ve seen that ruthless side of our game and the impact our players can have from the bench.

“A lot of people said that the break would come at a bad time for us when you consider the momentum we had, but I knew that the work we could do with the manager on the training pitches for a month would stand us in good stead for the rest of the season.

“We’ve managed to carry on our momentum and back up those results before the break with two wins since returning.

“The table is so close and so tight. If you can put a few results together, you can completely transform your season. 

“We’ve won five games on the spin, but we’re still not where we want to be and we’re determined to keep climbing. 

“On a personal note, I’m really enjoying how things are going for me at the moment.

“I’m playing with quality players. When I cross the ball and there’s someone like Daryl in the box, with the movement he has, or when you make a run in behind and someone can play me in like Tom can with the quality he has, it’s brilliant.

“The other lads are always giving you opportunities to show your own qualities.

“Without the players around me and the players who I have mentioned there doing what they’ve done in the last few games, I probably don’t get the same recognition, so it’s definitely been a team effort.”

Four of the five goals Albion have scored since returning to action following the FIFA World Cup break have been scored by substitutes. 

And Jed says it’s so important in this division that every single player plays their part if a team wants to be successful.

“We’re all pulling in the right direction and you can see the impact some of the lads have had coming off the bench. 

“You can also look at the likes of Kyle Bartley and the skipper Jake Livermore who’ve not been in the last few squads for injury and other reasons, but they’ve been at both of the games supporting the lads which shows we’re all in this together.

“We all want this club to be successful.”

“When you play against Daryl for an hour or against Brandon for an hour, you don’t then want the other one coming on for the last 30 minutes.

“You can imagine what the Rotherham defenders were thinking on Saturday when we’re bringing on the likes of Grady Diangana and Brandon with the pace they have. That’s what you need in the Championship, you need every single player.

“You can’t play well every single week or every game, so it’s important everyone is used and the manager makes everyone feel included. 

“We spend a lot of time together as a squad. I probably spend more time with these lads than I do my own family, so it’s great that we all get on so well and we all want to be successful.”

Albion will be on the hunt for a sixth successive victory on Wednesday night when they make the short trip to Coventry City, who sit one point and two places above Carlos Corberan’s men in the table. 

Over 4,000 Baggies will travel to support their side at the CBS Arena and Jed insists the squad are so thankful for the backing.

“Coventry is always a difficult game and a difficult place to go.

“We’ll have a great away following which is brilliant for us.

“Hopefully we can go there and make it six wins in-a-row.

“I’ve always found them difficult to play against and I think this year they’ve got one of the best strikers in the league in Viktor Gyokeres. 

“They’ve also got players like Hamer and O’Hare too who are top players at this level. 

“Just like us, they’ve got games in hand too and they’ll know that a win will put them in a really good position. It’s the same for us, if we win then we’ll be in a great position.

“It’s a big game and I’ve seen that we’ve sold over 4,000 tickets which is great. I’m really looking forward to the atmosphere. It’s fairly local for our fans so they don’t have to travel too far around Christmas.

“I’m really looking forward to it.

“I love away games and our away following. I think the other night up at Sunderland we took about 700 which is unbelievable when you consider it was a Monday night, it was freezing, it was miles away, the money they’d be spending and it was on Sky Sports.

“It’s so appreciated and I’m just glad we’re delivering results and performances to match their commitment.

“I think they are now seeing a team that is giving everything possible to try and win the game.

“Everything feels really positive and long may that continue.”

Watch the full WBA TV video interview above.

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