Dan Burn sung the praises of Albion's young players after they played their part in Albion’s 2-0 win over Swansea City on Wednesday.
The Carabao Cup third round win saw Haydon Roberts, Marc Leonard and Taylor Richards get more first team minutes under their belts, while there were senior debuts for Ed Turns and Jeremy Sarmiento.
“To come away with a clean sheet just shows how good the lads were,” Burn said. “Swansea are a very good team, but our gameplan worked really well. Our young lads were brilliant, the two young centre halves did really well.
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“Progress in the competition means more games for the lads who aren’t playing every week. Winning breeds confidence and last season we put in some really good performances and maybe didn’t get the results.
“But we’re doing the same this year – we got a bit lucky at the weekend against Leicester – and we’re stringing results together. Everyone is really confident, wanting the ball and working hard for each other.”
The game also marked the return of Tariq Lamptey, with the pacey right-back on one side of defence and Burn on the other.
Trying to draw a comparison between their game, Burn joked, “We’re both absolutely rapid! I am buzzing for Tariq, it’s been a long, long road for him and when you’ve been out that long it’s always in the back of your mind that you might injure yourself again.
“But he was superb, he was throwing himself into tackles and getting up and down the line – he is a really important player for us. I think he will go through from strength to strength now.”