Hard work the key to historic double, says Lamptey

'We dug deep and it was a fantastic performance.'

By Paul Camillin • 18 April 2022

By Paul Hazlewood
Tariq Lamptey says hard work and organisation were the key to victories over Arsenal and Spurs.

Albion star man Tariq Lamptey says the hard work the players put in on the training ground was the key to historic back-to-back wins in North London.

The flying wingback returned to the side for the 1-0 win at Spurs, coming on the back of an impressive 2-1 victory at Arsenal a week earlier. It meant the team have posted a record number of top-flight away wins and remained unbeaten in London in the Premier League this season.

He explained, “They are a top team with world class players all over the pitch. We had to make sure we played together and implement our game plan to get the result.

“We dug deep again. Everyone was fantastic. It is not easy to come to a place like this and get a result, but we work a lot in training on how to combat the opposition. We brought that out in the game and I think you could see that.”

Tariq also revealed it was a case of rinse and repeat in North London, and while head coach Graham Potter set his side out differently to combat Antonio Conte’s Spurs, the humble Londoner said the underlying principles remained the same for the players.

“They were fantastic results in both games. In both we worked hard and tried to put into practice what the gaffer had told us and worked on with us in training ahead of each game.

“The challenge for us was to bring the energy; match them for energy, work hard and then let our football do the talking. I’m happy it’s coming together on the pitch and we are getting the results out performances deserve.”

Speaking after the game, Tariq was quizzed on his international ambitions following his recent selection for England’s under-21s, and overtures from Ghana ahead of the World Cup this winter.

He remained tight lipped, adding, “I’ll focus on my club football, take it game by game and we will see.”