I was excited by what I saw

What I witnessed when West Brom celebrated with the Deepdale away end excites me.

After putting on an outstanding performance as a team, West Brom players and staff both shared in a unique moment at the conclusion of the game in Preston.

The scenes in the away end were joyful. They are rare, especially for West Bromwich Albion this season, but when the chance to completely capitalize on it arises, everyone involved has every right to. The 2,011 spectators behind the goal had one of the best away days in a long time thanks to a comprehensive performance, several goals, and three victories at the ground of an unbeaten team.

Overall, it was wonderful. None of the starting XI had a rating lower than an eight in our BirminghamLive player ratings. As Carlos Corberan’s decision to choose his team paid off, confidence levels were at an all-time high. Although the lack of a striker in the starting lineup at 2pm may have raised some questions, such concerns quickly vanished as Albion got out to a fast start and started making in-roads.

Individually, there were some truly outstanding all-around performances. Alex Mowatt, once again, reminded everyone how absurd it is that he hasn’t started a game for Albion in over a year. He followed up an outstanding performance against Millwall with another here. Grady Diangana’s ability to string together solid performances – this was even better than his promising debut last week – was very encouraging.

At the end of the game, the fans joined the players and staff on the field to celebrate. Captain Jed Wallace led the serenades, immediately followed by Darnell Furlong, the game’s first goal. The vast majority, if not the whole squad, made their way to the stand where the away fans were gathered to express their gratitude and enjoy the benefits of their labor.

Diangana soon made his way to the front of the traveling army to accept the ovation and enjoy a wonderful moment with people who have backed him even when he hasn’t been fully firing, which has been a common event for some time.

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Diangana’s style is as much fun as a schoolkid with the ball at his feet on the playground during a lunch break when he’s at his best – and he was absolutely magnificent at home to Hull last year, as well as at Deepdale. He twisted and turned Liam Millar so much in this game that Preston manager Ryan Lowe had to make a substitution at halftime.

Diangana’s return to the squad as an important player who can make key contributions on any given matchday when he’s in the mood – as he was here – in such high spirits and as part of a totally dominant and united performance as this one doesn’t bode well for Championship full-backs in the future.

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