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Darren Moore pleased with West Brom's performance despite conceding late on to Norwich

By Matt Wilson | West Bromwich Albion | Published:

Darren Moore was delighted with Albion's performance – despite seeing his side concede a late equaliser to promotion-rivals Norwich.

Dwight Gayle celebrates with Rekeem Harper. (AMA)

The Baggies had led for the majority of the game thanks to Dwight Gayle's 14th goal of the season after 12 minutes.

But then Daniel Farke's men, who have made a habit of scoring late on this season, grabbed an equaliser with seven minutes to go when his two substitutes Kenny McLean and Jordan Rhodes combined.

Moore had not made a change before the goal, but he waved away suggestions he should have made substitutes earlier.

And the Baggies boss was happy with his side's overall display.

"I'm not disappointed," he said. "No way can I be disappointed with that performance.

"Our planning in training was evident. We didn't allow Norwich any momentum in the game. We were trying to get that second goal.

"It was a great performance against a high level opposition. We controlled the game for long spells.

"Norwich showed resilience today. You don't want that chance to drop to Jordan, I've worked with him, he's a stellar finisher.

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"Him and Dwight are calm and composed, and both goals were similar.

"But the performance was excellent, the atmosphere was good. I'm full of vigour in terms of the performance."

Albion were climbing above Norwich in the table until Rhodes swept home McLean's cross in the 83rd minute.

"You never want to concede a goal, whether it's the last minute or the first minute," said Moore. "But we did everything we could to go and win the game.

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"Our work off the ball was excellent, we used it really well.

"I thought Mason Holgate had a positive debut. I thought Rekeem Harper, to come in for one so young, was excellent. He showed maturity levels beyond his age.

"I was pleased for Dwight. When I look all around the park there were some real stellar performances.

"Together as a team we gelled, and yeah we should have got the three points. On another day we do get the three points."

Moore didn't make any substitutes until after Rhodes's equaliser, and he was asked if he regretted his inaction, considering Farke's changes made such an impact.

"Hindsight's a great thing after the event," said Moore. "They gambled and the gamble paid off.

"We've seen lots of times where teams have gambled against West Brom and it hasn't paid off.

"Overall, I was pleased. It was a solid performance."

Moore was without Matt Phillips and James Morrison, who both missed the game through injury.

But Albion's squad are now jetting off to Dubai for a five-day warm-weather training camp.

"Matty Phillips has an ankle knock, Mozza has a calf strain," said Moore. "We'll look at both players, we'll assess them going forward.

"I can't take the risk, the games come thick and fast. The demands are high. It could be tiredness and fatigue.

"Mozza is going to travel (to Dubai). We'll find out now whether it's best for Matty to travel or stay behind."

Matt Wilson

By Matt Wilson
Football MMPJ - @mattwilson_star

Sports reporter at the Express & Star, who primarily covers West Bromwich Albion.

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