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Mel Pleased With First Game In Charge

New head coach Pepe Mel has hailed the players for sticking to the game plan and also for their efforts in his first match in charge against Everton last night.

Albion came out with a point, despite Everton taking the lead late in the first half, thanks to an equaliser by Diego Lugano and Mel admitted he was delighted with the welcome the fans gave him.

'It was a good night. The fans were very kind to me and today was a dream. It was a long for me working since 8am to get ready for the game, but the end is beautiful. I think the result is a very fair one.'

Mel goes on to say that we definitely improved as the game went on, he felt we were too open in the first half and ultimately Everton punished us for that, but in the second period we were more compact and tighter and we'd also cut out the silly errors we were making, and he credits the players for listening at half time and making the changes they needed to in order to help us get back in the game.

Mel was clear though, it was only the first step of many to come, but it was a good base for him to now build on further having seen the players put a lot of what they had been working on into action, so fluidity of how he wants us to play should become more natural now as the games by go by.

Man of the Match James Morrison also told wba.co.uk that he felt on balance a share of the points was the fair result on the night, and he also talked about how Mel wants us to play.

'He wants us to play higher up the pitch than we have been recently, he wants us to press the ball instead of sitting in and letting things happen in front of us. I think it will take a few weeks before we fully get used to the new system, but we pressed everywhere and we didn't let Everton dictate the play.'

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Date:Tuesday January 21 2014

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