'This is the base' - WBA debutant hoping to build partnership with 104 app-player

West Brom defender Branislav Ivanovic is hoping to build on his partnership with Ahmed Hegazi after the 0-0 draw with Burnley.

The defensive duo both made their first Premier League starts of the season, also managing to keep the Baggies’ first clean-sheet.

Slaven Bilic made the big call to drop both Kyle Bartley and Semi Ajayi, and it worked out in a defensive standpoint.

Ivanovic commented on the draw after the game and praised Hegazi for helping deal with Burnley’s two strikers, Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes.

“This is the base and we can build on that,” he told the official website.

“Most of the time we were compact and it was very difficult to play against two strong strikers but we dealt with that.

“This was the first time me and Ahmed Hegazi played together so we will build on that and get better and better game by game.”

Hegazi is the most experienced player at the Hawthorns in terms of Baggies outings, having made 104 appearances.

Ivanovic has also played vital roles in winning both the Champions League and the Premier League in his career, and this partnership could be the way forward.

The likes of Ajayi could count themselves unfortunate not to be in the side against Burnley, but no one can question Bilic’s decision after the performance.

Experience is the key to stabilising the Baggies defence, and Ivanovic seems happy with the Egyptian as his partner moving forward.

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