Andros Townsend had a beaming smile over his face as he left the field following his 84th minute goal sealed the Eagles victory at The Hawthorns, and the winger felt the lads gave an away performance that deserved maximum points.
"It's a massive relief and one you would call a perfect away performance," he said. "It was always going to be difficult, the aim was to keep it at 0-0 and then if we could have hit them on the counter all the better. We followed that to a tee and we are delighted with three points, following up the win from last week and now moving in the right direction."
Three precious points moved the side out of the bottom three and the 25-year-old winger felt the performance was a reflection of the work that has been put in on the training pitch.
"We have been putting in some fantastic work on the training ground and it was only a matter of time before that showed on the pitch, you could see today in the last 20-25 minutes how we won the game as we got the better of them. A fantastic result away from home against a side who are eighth in the league and we are delighted."
This fourth away win was not only a great follow up to the victory seven days ago against Middlesbrough but also two consecutive clean sheets as the work on the defensive side of their game proved crucial.
"We know our home form has not been great but we had a fantastic win in our last one against Middlesbrough and we all knew how it was important to back it up in this match," Townsend added. "A few weeks back we won down at Bournemouth and then lost to Sunderland so it was massive to get back-to-back wins and it has taken us out of the drop zone and hopefully we can continue it.
"The manager has been trying to make us all as resolute as a team, not only the defence but also the attacking three, it all starts from us with pressing, and it was only a matter of time before we started picking up clean sheets as it takes time for the manager to get his philosophy through to us and the work we have been putting in is showing now, and long may it continue."
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