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Poyet Buoyed by New Dimension

29 July 2012

Gus Poyet is delighted with the climax of the pre-season training camp in Spain and feels that his side have developed another dimension to their game...

The Albion boss highlighted areas for improvements last season and tonight's game against Corboda gave his players the opportunity to prove their progress.

He explained, "Tonight was an absolutely fantastic experience for the players. When the game started we saw them passing the ball and doing things that we try as well. We realised that it was going to be tough.

"Tano and I were talking after the game and we see players who have been with us for a couple of years and they are totally different players. They really understand the game and that's very pleasing for me to see as a manager.

"Corboda were good at pressing us and we came unstuck a little bit last season when teams were pressing us high up the pitch. We have been working on that and tonight we did things very well, and we're learning for the future in the Championship.

"Now teams have got to be careful because we have another option in playing long. There are big decisions for the opposition."

Despite failing to score Poyet emphasised the important of tonight's clean sheet, Albion's first for four games.

"It's good that we didn't concede because that was the aim tonight. I asked the players to do the basics and that's what they did. Corboda had one chance and Dunky recovered very well to clear it.

"Tomasz didn't have to make any outstanding saves, but everything he did have to do he did very well. We were slightly the better side, but it's football and if you don't score you don't win games."

Meanwhile, tonight saw Wayne Bridge's first appearance in an Albion shirt after signing a one year loan deal last month and Poyet was encouraged by his hour-long performance.

"It was 50/50 whether he would play, but he really wanted to play. It was good for him and for us: we could see what he does on the ball, what he does defending and it gave him the chance to get to know the players around him."

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