West Brom summer signing Karlan Grant believes that the Baggies played with “no fear” in the second half of their 1-1 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion.
Grant bagged a late equaliser at the AMEX Stadium with his first goal for the club after a much improved second half performance.
Slaven Bilic’s side fell behind just before half time due to an own goal from Jake Livermore, which came after a defensive mix up.
Speaking after the match, Grant said it was “massive” to get his first Baggies goal and praised his teammates for their improvement after the break.
“It’s massive for me to score so early on,” he told the official West Brom website.
“I had one ruled out for offside by a few inches last week, but this week it was different and I’m really pleased to have scored for Albion so early on.
“It was hard up there, playing against the three. I was isolated at times but I was grateful to get the chance and I was pleased to put it away.
“It was a game of two halves. The first half wasn’t the best and we let them come at us.
“Second half we showed good character to come back into the game. The manager told us to play with no fear. Second half we showed more confidence and we need to continue with that.”
Grant the difference
The former Huddersfield Town forward is embarking on his second spell in the Premier League, after spending half a season with the Terriers in 2019 where he scored four goals in 13 appearances.
He further proved his quality last season, notching 19 Championship goals from 43 matches, as well as providing four assists.
Helping the Englishman find his best form will be crucial for Bilic this season, with the attacking talents of Matheus Pereira and Grady Diangana yet to hit their best form since promotion to the Premier League.
As Grant referenced, the second half was a significant improvement and the club will hope to build on that moving forward.
It’s important for any new striker to get his first goal and we agree with Grant that this first strike could prove “massive” for the Baggies.
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