Hal Robson-Kanu: West Brom quality starting to tell
Hot-streak striker Hal Robson-Kanu believes Albion’s 5-1 demolition of Swansea ‘is up there with the best performances’ of the season so far.
The Wales international registered his sixth goal of the current campaign after converting from a delicious through-ball from man-of-the-match Matheus Pereira.
And Robson-Kanu feels Sunday’s performance was just rewards for the whole team following their hard-work which began in pre-season.
And with confidence soaring, Robson-Kanu believes Albion’s quality is shining through.
“I am getting into good positions but more importantly the ball is coming to me which is nice,” said the six-goal striker.
“It was an unbelievable ball from Matheus again. One-on-one with the ‘keeper I back myself.
“The defenders were coming in quite quick for my goal and it was just about getting the first touch right and putting it in the bottom corner as I did.”
He added: “Goals change games and we worked hard to get the two-goal lead, then they came back into it so it could have been a nervy time but I think that’s when we showed our quality and that is what we have got in the team.”
And the team performance as a whole impressed Robson-Kanu.
“I think it is up there with one of our best performances of the season,” he reflected. “We want to keep building on what we are doing.
“There is more in the tank and if we can apply ourselves for the whole 90 minutes, we are definitely going to hurt teams. It is about maintaining that now and kicking on in the league
“Confidence is high. Everyone is working hard and we are back on the training pitch tomorrow preparing for the next game. It has been relentless like that from the first day of pre-season.
“The manager is not going to let us rest on our laurels. We have got to keep the momentum, keep the pace, and keep setting it too.”
Robson-Kanu revealed boss Slaven Bilic was thrilled with the showing and told his side he thought they were fantastic on Sunday.
“He said we were fantastic and he believes in all of us,” added the striker.
“He knows the quality we have in the group and it’s just about applying ourselves for 90 minutes and when we do we’ll get results like Swansea.”
Meanwhile,boss Bilic has hailed the impact of skipper Jake Livermore, who he believes is making the job of attacking players like Pereira and Matt Phillips easier.
The head coach said: “I am always very reluctant to single out individual players although sometimes it is inevitable.
“After the game, I was asked about players like Matheus and Grady and their goals and that is, of course, only to be expected.
“But I want to also mention our leader, the skipper.
“I want to praise his leadership and his quality, the example he sets to the team and the job he is doing for us.
“Jake has been excellent from the very start and he has taken up the role of leading the team from the front.”
Albion’s FA Cup third round tie at Championship rivals Charlton has been moved back to Sunday, January 5. The match will kick-off at 2.01pm.