While we were all celebrating Tottenham Hotspur's win over Watford this Saturday, Alex Pritchard was making his debut for West Brom against fellow relegation-threatened side Newcastle United. It wasn't the best of days for Albion – they lost 1-0 on the road to fellow strugglers Newcastle – but Pritchard received plaudits for his performance as a halftime substitute.
In quotes on West Brom's official website, Pritchard said the following in regards to his performance:
"The gaffer told me to get on the ball, get forward and get positive. I had a go and tried to be positive but it didn't happen for us.
"Coming on you need to support your strikers, you don't want them to be on their own.
"I think that's what I can do for the team. The lads have been good to me but people didn't see my best on Saturday, even though it was good to make my debut.
"It's been a while since I played and, on Saturday, I didn't feel out of sorts. I did feel comfortable out there with my fitness which was a big positive for me."
Pritch is first to admit that this wasn't his best performance, and his Stats Zone dashboard would probably back up that opinion.
However, "lively" would be a good description of his appearance for Albion. WBA's website said that "He was arguably Albion's best outfield performer on Saturday," which may not be incredibly high praise in what many Albion fans are considering an incredibly poor match. But it is something.