‘We were brilliant’ - Steve Bruce and Jed Wallace deliver their verdict from West Brom’s 1-1 draw with Watford

West Brom made it consecutive 1-1 draws to open their Championship campaign.
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West Brom manager Steve Bruce says he ‘couldn’t have wished for a better performance’ from his side on Monday evening and claims that they didn’t get what they deserved on the night.

Ismaila Sarr scored an incredible goal from his own half for the visitors before Karlan Grant levelled things up right on the stroke of half-time.

Karlan Ahearne-Grant of West Brom celebrates scores his team's first goal during the Sky Bet Championship between West Bromwich Albion and Watford at The HawthornsKarlan Ahearne-Grant of West Brom celebrates scores his team's first goal during the Sky Bet Championship between West Bromwich Albion and Watford at The Hawthorns
Karlan Ahearne-Grant of West Brom celebrates scores his team's first goal during the Sky Bet Championship between West Bromwich Albion and Watford at The Hawthorns

Albion had numerous chances to win the game and despite Sarr going on to miss a penalty for the Hornets late in the second period, the Baggies more than deserved to take three points.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the contest, Bruce was delighted with what he had seen.

“I couldn’t have wished for a better performance from them,” explained the manager. “I thought they were excellent from the start to the finish.”

“Sometimes in football you don’t get what you deserve but the performance was the most important thing to me because I thought we were very, very good.”

Albion’s summer signing Jed Wallace put in a man-of-the-match performance and shared the sentiments of his manager on the night.

The winger claimed that on another day Baggies would have been out of sight before the half-time whistle.

“Yeah we want to play with intensity especially at home and on another day we’re four or five up at half time,” he said.

“For 90 minutes tonight we were brilliant. Play with that desire and I’m sure we’ll be where we want to be.”

Albion are back in action in less than 72 hours when they take on Sheffield United in round one of the Carabao Cup on Thursday evening.