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Darren Moore's West Brom get off the mark

POINT TAKEN: WBA manager Darren Moore

DARREN MOORE praised his West Brom side for getting a “good point” against what he described as a very strong Nottingham Forest team at the City Ground (August 7). Speaking after the 1-1 draw, the Albion manager said he was happy with the way his team played, as they came from behind to get their first point of the season.

Moore said: “You’re always pleased to get off the mark. I thought tonight was for a neutral a very good game to watch, I think they saw two very good teams try to win a football match and we ended up sharing the points.

“We nearly executed the game plan we wanted too coming up here today but this will be a difficult place for visiting teams to come and I’m really pleased with the way the players acquitted themselves tonight.

The Baggies were second best for large parts of the match and went behind after Adlene Guedioura, who had controlled the midfield throughout the match, found the bottom corner with a low drive from 25 yards.
After a change in formation, West Brom eventually rallied and found an equaliser through Matt Phillips, whose thunderous volley found the roof of the net after Forest failed to deal with a ball across the box.
Both teams had good chances to win the game, with Johnstone scurrying back to deny Guedioura a spectacular second from 60 yards, before Albion hit the woodwork three times as the game became an end to end affair as both teams looked for a late winner.

Moore added: “Overall I’m very pleased with the team’s performance, I thought we finished the game very strongly and we caused them a lot of problems. We’re in a difficult division playing against some excellent football teams, I was really pleased with the way we came here tonight under difficult circumstances, against a very good team.

“You’ve seen us on the pitch putting in a good performance, coming out with a good point and we might have won, taken all three towards the end.”

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