Allardyce ecstatic despite West Brom draw; hails impact of select group of players

Date published: Saturday 20th February 2021 5:39 - Steve Pearson

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West Brom manager Sam Allardyce was full of praise for his side’s battling display, and hailed the impact his four January signings have made.

West Brom showed tremendous spirit to come closest to snatching three points despite being down to 10 men.

Semi Ajayi was given his marching orders in the first half for a handball while the last man.

The Baggies plowed forward in the second half despite their predicament. But despite creating several gilt-edged chances, finishing let them down as they ultimately had to settle for a point.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Allardyce said: “You are playing against the odds and we were comfortable before we went down to 10 men but going down 10 men is usually an uphill battle but we actually started to take more control.

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“Golden chances were created in the second half that unfortunately we did not take.

“The quality of the performance here today shows we have come a long way in a short period of time. The sad thing is it hasn’t brought us three points.

“We have to start doing the final side of performances which is putting the ball in the back of the net and winning games. Our overall performance was absolutely fantastic all of the game.

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“I can’t praise the lads enough. They were magnificent today. You need a bit of luck to go your way when in this position. There were chances we should have scored but I can’t praise the lads enough.

“There was an opportunity to improve the team in the January window and the influx of the players has made us a better team. I have to thank all four of the players for hitting the ground running. They have brought an improvement to the team almost straight away.

“We are looking a much better unit now.”

When asked if the decision to dismiss Ajayi was correct, Allardyce reluctantly agreed: “With today’s bizarre interpretations then absolutely yes.”

 

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