Albion defender Jonas Olsson today hailed the consistency of Billy Jones after the ever-improving full-back played a key part in the Baggies’ solid start to the season.
Steve Clarke’s men have kept three clean sheets in eight Premier League matches so far this term and conceded just three goals in open play, with Jones in excellent form.
The Shrewsbury-born defender’s displays have seen him edge out Steven Reid to become the Baggies’ senior right-back and Olsson is full of praise for the 26-year-old.
“I think it has a little bit to do with experience,” said Olsson.
“When you get to play consistently and do well, your confidence grows and you feed off that.
“He feels like a really vital part of the team now and I feel for him because he’s a good professional and a good player and he is a threat going forward.
“He is an important player for the team.
“We feel solid and I think we’ve been solid now for a few years.
“There was a down period in the last month or so of last season but I think that had a lot to do with us being in mid-table and playing teams who were either fighting for the title or fighting for their lives.
“Though we didn’t put our chances away on Saturday at Stoke, we felt solid and the point was never in doubt.”
Albion are now undefeated in five games after a sluggish start to the new season and remain unbeaten away from home after Saturday’s goalless draw at Stoke.
“I think we are heading in the right direction,” said Olsson. “The first four games didn’t really work out but we took good points at Everton and Fulham.
“The only down point was Southampton and Swansea at home but then you have to look at how well Southampton are doing now, so maybe you have to give them some credit.”