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Maupay: Teammates backed me in tough times

Striker pleased with Albion's response against Wolves.

By Charlie Hanson • 06 January 2021

By Bennett Dean
Neal Maupay has six goals to his name so far this campaign.

Neal Maupay says his teammates always believed he would get back to his goalscoring ways.

Without a goal in over 10 hours, Maupay brought an end to his barren run in front of goal in the 2-2 draw against West Ham, before adding his sixth goal of the campaign in the 3-3 draw with Wolves.

“I am definitely not happy with the amount of goals I have got so far, I have been struggling. But it's part of my job as a striker, sometimes you score, sometimes you don't even if you do exactly the same thing.

By Bennett Dean
The Frenchman fired in from the penalty spot in the 3-3 draw with Wolves.

“I believe in my teammates and they believe in me. When I was struggling to score they were all behind me.”

The 24-year-old now wants to turn his attention to what he believes is one of Albion's shortcomings.

“If we score first in a game like we did against Wolves, we struggle to continue playing that way. After that first goal, we felt it was going to be a good game for us.

“When you need points and you concede a goal, you start overthinking the situation and then you've lost the game. But we reacted really well.

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“We were really happy with the result on Saturday. Being 3-1 down at half-time was really, really tough. We need to play how we did in the second half from the start of the game.

“At half-time I said to the boys that we needed to lift our game, to fight more, to be more aggressive. It's fine to lose a game of football as long as you give everything and I don't think we did that in the first half.

“I said, 'listen boys, all of us need to give more, run more and fight more. If we do that, we have a chance to get back in the game.' We all showed great character and we 100% deserved that point.”

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