Darren Moore defends West Brom loanee Tosin Adarabioyo following Ipswich victory

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Darren Moore defends West Brom loanee Tosin Adarabioyo following Ipswich victory

Albion boss Darren Moore leapt to the defence of youngster Tosin Adarabioyo after his error caused a nervy ending as they won 2-1 at Ipswich.

Stopper Adarabioyo – 21, on loan from Manchester City – gifted the ball to substitute Kayden Jackson, who duly converted late on for the rock-bottom Tractor Boys.

The Baggies, who had Jay Rodriguez and Harvey Barnes find the net, held on at a raucous Portman Road though, to make it back-to-back victories in the Championship.

“I thought, after 10 or 15 minutes when we settled down, we were in control of the game,” said Moore.

“I thought we created chances in the first half and second half.

“I can’t have a go at them for not converting more as they scored two very good goals.

“And young Tosun will learn from it.

“It’s a good one to learn from – it didn’t cost us the three points.

“He’ll learn from it and I think it’ll stand him in good stead.”

Moore, a former defender himself, was keen to praise Adarabioyo for the job he did at right-back as he is a centre-half by trade.

“I thought he had a fantastic game. I thought he showed his adaptability and versatility,” said Moore.

“He was agile. His speed was very, very good. His heading contact was very, very good.

“It was just a little mistake and it’ll be a good one for him to learn from, for his career going forward.

“We’ve had a chat. He knows it. He’ll accept it – and he’ll move on.”

The triumph against Paul Lambert’s men delighted Moore.

He was keen to keep up the momentum following a fantastic 4-1 victory against Leeds before the international break, and Rodriguez and Barnes both finished with aplomb.

Moore also said he reckons Ipswich, under the guidance of Lambert, will soon move away from trouble.

“It was an accomplished performance, it really was,” he added.

“When they huffed and puffed, our positional sense was excellent.

“I’ve seen games like that where we’ve been disjointed so I was really pleased to come away with the three points.

“We knew we had to be very good as Ipswich are a different team now and won’t be where they are for much longer.”

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