Taylor Gardner-Hickman | Blackpool win is 'massive'

Taylor Gardner-Hickman

Taylor Gardner-Hickman hailed Albion's win over Blackpool on Tuesday night as 'massive' after it lifted the Baggies into the Sky Bet Championship top six.

Goals from Brandon Thomas-Asante and Gardner-Hickman either side of half-time proved crucial for Carlos Corberán's men as they claimed their second away victory in four days at Bloomfield Road.

The energetic midfielder says the result is a huge one for the club as they look to secure a spot in the Play-Off places to conclude the season.

Taylor said: "To get that win is massive.

"The numerous meetings we have inside the training ground, it’s always about togetherness, team spirit and competitiveness."

"When the performance isn’t there, if you compete then you can always win.

"It’s been drilled into us. The lads in there are all really close anyway, we’re like a big family. That helps us out there.

"It’s a strange league and we all know what can happen in it."

The 21-year-old replaced Nathaniel Chalobah after he was forced off in the first half, and was delighted to be able to play a part in the win, having missed the Baggies' victory over Stoke City through an injury of his own.

"The feeling (of scoring) just gets better and better, really. Nothing can top it.

"Especially to come on and help the lads, it’s really what it’s all about.

"Obviously it’s a massive stage in the season, so to get that goal and that 2-0 gap was important. I was just delighted for the boys.

"Me and Swifty have a good relationship off the field as well, and I thought he was going to shoot to be fair. But no, I was ready and I was confident when the chance fell to me."

The win lifted Albion to sixth in the Sky Bet Championship ahead of Wednesday's fixtures, setting up a crunch clash with fellow Play-Off hopefuls Sunderland on Sunday (12pm ko).

And while Gardner-Hickman insists the players and coaching staff are taking games one at a time, they understand the size of the task that awaits them when the Black Cats head to The Hawthorns.

"We know Sunday is a massive game but we’re going to take one game at a time, don’t look more than a game ahead." He said.

"I think at home with the crowd behind us, obviously our record has been great there, we can take all that confidence into the game, perform well, compete well and hopefully in the end get a massive result."

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