West Bromwich Albion duo Ben Foster and Jake Livermore have both given their thoughts following our clash with Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend.
— Ahmed hegazi (@Hegazi) May 5, 2018
Hosting Mauricio Pochettino’s side at The Hawthorns, Livermore struck two minutes into stoppage time at the end of the game to give us all three points on the day, and not only was it caretaker manager Darren Moore’s first victory on home soil since he took charge, the game saw our survival hopes extend until the clash between Swansea City and Southampton later this evening.
A remarkable turn around given where we found ourselves when he replaced Alan Pardew as manager, as many thought we’d already be dead, buried and relegated by now – but Moore’s unbeaten run since coming in has certainly changed perceptions and hope around. Now we find out how much it counts for as opposed to just in the hearts of fans.
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) May 7, 2018
Speaking to wba.co.uk Foster referenced a ‘nail-biting finish’ to the game and a great way to end a disappointing season on home soil.
“It was a nail-biting finish. We saw five minutes injury time go up at the end and we were pretty thankful for it but, after we scored inside two minutes, I was hoping there was only two or three minutes to be played! Fair play to the lads, it was a battle, it was never going to be a pretty one. We had to make it as tough as possible because Tottenham are full of quality. We knew that if we get a set-piece or something like that then we’ve got to take it. And thankfully we managed to do that in the last kicks of the game.”
With Foster himself putting in another sterling performance as he denied Harry Kane in particular on the half-hour mark, it was another creditable clean sheet for the former England man.
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— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) May 6, 2018
As Livermore scored the much-needed winner, he saved his own words for praise for the team given how much effort they put into the match.
“I thought the lads were fantastic today. I could go through every single one of them – they all left everything out there. The staff as well in terms of the fine details we have put into set-pieces and defending. We knew it was going to be tough today and ride the storm at times and we certainly did that. Everyone has played their part in recent in recent weeks and I thank them all.”
Livermore admitted that with Spurs’ style of keep ball, on a hot day, in particular, you need to be focused but he knew we were capable of frustrating them and thankfully we did just that and got the break right at the end.
With few giving us hope of a result, let alone the win, he did admit that made it ‘sweeter’ but the really sweet thing will be in seeing that result take survival to the final day.
From Tony Godden to Ben I’ve seen them all & Ben is by far the most consistent & professional,players get there fair share of criticism & rightly so @times but Bens honest,loyal& seems a genuinely top guy,I’m glad we’re lucky enough to have him @wba ????????????safe hands ????
— Baz Forrest (@BazForrest) May 7, 2018
i love him our fozzie never stops giving his all
— Suzanne Smith (@Suzanne99262445) May 7, 2018
This is what football is about pic.twitter.com/hIyI7cS8pT
— Gareth (@evansssYT) May 6, 2018
Feel sad for those who decided not to come and support the team, a few empty seats, but fantastic atmosphere
— Phil whitfield (@whitfield_phil) May 6, 2018
That’s the passion we wanted a few months ago! So proud of our club and our fans that are true #wba
— Mike Robertson (@Baggieboy75Mike) May 6, 2018