Allardyce praises O'Shea versatility

03 March 2021 23:50:33 GMTPlus10

West Brom manager Sam Allardyce is hopeful his team can maintain their defensive solidity as they look to ease their relegation worries at home to Everton on Thursday.

The Baggies are nine points behind fourth-from-bottom Newcastle, but have collected five points from their last three matches, after draws against Manchester United and Burnley were followed by a 1-0 home win over Brighton on Saturday.

We have shown more consistency with our defending in the last three games.

Sam Allardyce

That represents an improvement, but Albion have conceded ten more goals on their own patch than the next-worst team in the Premier League and they face an Everton team who have won six and drawn two of their last eight league matches on the road.

Allardyce may have to shuffle the pack at the back as Semi Ajayi will be available for the clash at the Hawthorns after missing the game against the Seagulls.

Dara O'Shea filled in on that occasion at the heart of the West Brom defence and Allardyce is delighted to have the versatile young Irishman at his disposal.

The Baggies boss said: "We got a clean sheet against Brighton and Dara performed very well. He has been unlucky to be left out of the side anyway. He did a job for us filling in in a few different positions and then found himself left out of the team.

"He is a good, honest lad and tries to help the team out.

"We have shown more consistency with our defending in the last three games than we have in my entire time here. We have been shocking sometimes, so at least we are getting better in that department."

The Baggies are 11/4 to win Thursday’s game, while the visitors are 1/1 to claim three points. The draw is available at 5/2.

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