By Tim Hodges from the Amex Press Briefing
Albion’s assistant manager Mauricio Taricco said this morning how pleased he was with Saturday’s clean sheet and how he hoped that the team would improve, with the key being to maintain possession.
He advised that all those on duty on Saturday were available to face Millwall tomorrow (Tuesday) evening though Craig Mackail-Smith will be assessed for an ongoing back problem.
He also commented what a difficult place The Den was to go to and that he played his final 20 minutes there before his first retirement. I asked him what he thought about Matt Sparrow adopting the enforcer role, talked about by Gus Poyet. Tanno said he thought Sparrow was a hughly energetic midfielder who could run for ever and that the staff had spoken to him prior to the Hull game about what impact he could have.
The Argentinian coach finished up saying that his ambition is for the Albion to develop as a top Championship side over the next two years and move on from there.
Afterwards we were joined by keeper Casper Ankergren who said he does not pay too much attention to what is being said about him after conceding goals and that he picks himself up after defeat.
He also suggested he gains more satisfaction from clean sheets than specific saves.