Date: 13th February 2017 at 9:25pm
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West Brom skipper Darren Fletcher has been lauding the power of positive thinking following our comeback draw against West Ham United last weekend.

Making our maiden trip to the London Stadium, West Brom did take the lead through Nacer Chadli’s early opener but the hosts hit back twice in the second half meaning we needed a late stoppage time leveller from Jonny Evans (or is it Gareth McAuley today?) to secure the point.

Speaking to with a fortnight Premier League break now owing to the FA Cup this weekend, Fletcher said the side deserved credit for not giving up when we went behind on the day late on and he felt the positive attitude on and off the pitch at the club was more than on show again with the 3,000 strong travelling crowd ‘willing the ball in’ to the net to take something for our efforts.

He was also quick to praise the efforts of the fans themselves on the day.

‘We felt their support from the moment we walked out. They were in a good position in the ground too, behind the goal, and that made a difference. They stayed with us to the end and they were almost willing the ball in at the finish. It was a great feeling to score that equaliser in front of them and reward the travelling supporters, who have been fantastic all season.’

The skipper went on to add.

‘Given the circumstances, we have to be pleased with the draw. We were unfortunate to be behind so late on, but then the character we showed to go and get that equalising goal in the last minute, that speaks volumes about us. You have to keep believing and this squad does that. We always know that we have a great threat about us from set-pieces so when we got that corner late on, we knew the chance was there for us. Great delivery, great goal.’

With Chadli getting the opening goal, Fletcher also believed that it would give him a nice shot of confidence moving forward once again.

‘I think that will be an important goal for Nacer. He`s a fantastic player, great quality on the ball and he was on fire for us before his injury but that knocked him back a little bit. Slowly but surely, he`s got back to his very best. His work-rate for us has never dropped, he`s always put in a great shift, but now he`s at his very best with the ball at his feet again. The pass for Mozza`s goal against Stoke and the goal he scored at West Ham are evidence of that.’

With Evans returning as well from injury on the day.

‘It was good to see Jonny back from injury too after a while out. He`s had a difficult time the last few weeks, but it shows what he`s all about that he could just step straight back into the side at West Ham and give a great performance and get his goal at the end too.’

With a few days off now to rest and recover before we get back to it, Fletcher ended by saying.

‘The group works very hard in training, whether there`s a game coming up at the weekend or not, and you can see the value in that when you still have enough in the tank to score in the 94th minute. But we`ve got a few days off now just to recharge the batteries and to prepare for the final stretch. The body and the mind needs that little break. We`ll be back in later this week to really start building towards the Bournemouth game on the 25th, which gives us a good long time to get really prepared for it.’

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