Robson lauds best moment
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Bryan Robson believes keeping West Brom up is his best managerial moment.West Brom manager Bryan Robson believes keeping The Baggies in The Premiership is the best moment of his managerial career.
The former Manchester United midfielder, who has worked with Middlesbrough and Bradford, only joined the club midway through the season.
The Baggies have become the first Premiership side to avoid the drop at Christmas thanks to their 2-0 win over Portsmouth on Survival Sunday.
"The best I've had [managerial moment]. The boys have done me proud. They've worked their socks off since the turn of the year," said Robson.
"I believed. We've narrowed the squad down and once we started firing on all cylinders I believed.
"It's a great club with great tradition. This was a great season. To come in just before Christmas, I'm pleased with how the players have responded.
"We knew that Palace were winning. I said to the lads 'We've got to concentrate for 90 minutes' and thankfully for us that's what happened."
Scorers Geoff Horsfield and Kieran Richardson were naturally delighted to contribute to what proved a magical day for The Baggies.
"Everyone wrote us off. It's great to prove everyone wrong!" said Horsfield who scored with his first touch after coming off the bench.
"We're so happy we're in The Premiership next season. I always seem to get important goals."
"I can't really explain how we feel. It's great to score," Richardson added.
"I'm going to love being here next season, but it'll be to take the three points off them [Albion]."
Defender Neil Clement, who has been inspirational for Robson's side, revealed the side are 'over the moon' to avoid the dreaded drop.
"Everything, absolutely everything [on what it means to stay up]. We went out there and got the result. We've over the moon. It's such a relief," said Clement.
"First half they made it difficult for us. We knew we were good enough to stay up.
"You feel sorry for all the other teams. We couldn't be happier really."