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Webster: Lockdown helped us press restart button

Defender delighted with performances and points haul since resumption following big win in Norfolk.

By Bruce Talbot • 06 July 2020

By Paul Hazlewood
Adam Webster, left, prepares to attack a set piece against Norwich City.

Adam Webster believes the three-month lockdown came at a good time for Albion.

The squad regrouped and since the Premier League resumed they have taken seven points from four games. Saturday’s 1-0 win at Norwich opened up a nine-point gap ahead of the bottom three with five games to go, starting against champions Liverpool at the Amex on Wednesday.

He said, “We hadn’t got a win in 2020 but just before the lockdown we played Wolves away and came away with a point from a really good performance and we were building on that.

“The lockdown came at a good time for us. We used it to reflect, to have a break and take our minds off football which we did for a bit.

“We’ve all come back raring to go. During lockdown the lads worked so hard fitness wise. We came back in really good shape and that helped us straight away when we started proper training. The break allowed us to almost start again.”

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Among the things Albion have worked on since returning to training is team shape and staying solid and there was more evidence it is paying off at Carrow Road where Norwich’s only shot on target was in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

“Saturday wasn’t the prettiest of games for us," said Webster. "I thought we did all right in the first half but the second half was more about being solid which we were. I feel that’s been the case since the re-start. We’ve worked on our shape a bit more and been really compact which, as a defender, is really pleasing.

“It was a massive result for us. Any win away from home is important but at this time of the season it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that beating Norwich takes a bit of pressure off us now.

“But we’ve got five games to go and we want to finish the season with more points and as strongly as possible.”

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