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Ally Robertson: Darren Moore's style is a welcome throwback

By Ally Robertson | West Bromwich Albion | Published:

The style of football we are starting to see under Darren Moore is a throwback to the approach we used to take when I was a player.

Dwight Gayle rounds Jack Butland. (AMA)

I know it’s a division below, but it’s quite a remarkable turnaround from six months ago, when seeing this sort of football at The Hawthorns was unthinkable.

Moore deserves plenty of credit for that, because he’s managed to turn results around at the same time as getting the team playing in an attractive way.

Carry on like this and the fans will be back onside in no time, that’s if there are any left who are unconvinced.

Funnily enough, for all our attacking verve against Stoke City, Craig Dawson was my man of the match.

His authority at the back visibly helped the other two alongside him. Now he’s back in the side, the defence looks much more comfortable.

Further forward, and it was Dwight Gayle who grabbed all the headlines. I’ve not seen an Albion striker score goals like that at The Hawthorns in a long time.

His ruthlessness in front of goal is to be admired, but it’s his non-stop running that will endear him to the fans just as much.

I reckon this victory over Stoke was a bigger statement to the league than the 7-1 thrashing of Queens Park Rangers.

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QPR gave up with 30 minutes to go and let us rack up a heavy score, but Stoke kept coming until the final whistle.

The only thing that put a slight dampener on the game was conceding in the last minute.

It was an unstoppable goal, but it would have been great to get a clean sheet.

But that win proves we shouldn't be scared of anybody in this division. Even when we come up against Leeds, I would hope that we could at least challenge them.

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Jake Livermore and Chris Brunt had their best games so far this season, and once you get the spine sorted out, the team looks far more assured.

We're in the international break now, which is usually a frustrating time for managers.

But Albion have only got one of last weekend's starting XI away on duty this week, Ahmed Hegazi.

Moore is probably rubbing his hands with glee about that, because he hasn't got to worry about injuries or fatigue ahead of a Friday night fixture.

If we picked up one injury, we could cope, but three or four injuries would probably have an effect on the team, and dent that style we've all started to enjoy.

Ally Robertson

By Ally Robertson

West Brom legend with over 600 appearances for the club

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