Sam Field West Brom's hopes of special goal kick-starts his season



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It was hoped the 20-year-old might enjoy a breakout campaign for the Baggies following relegation, but he has found minutes hard to come by, and has started just in the Championship so far.

He has been shunted down the pecking order thanks to Matt Phillips and Chris's new roles for the emergence of academics product Rekeem Harper.

But the injury crisis in the central midfield was deepened on Monday night when Brunt pulled up with a calf strain.

Lifelong Albion fan Field was sent in the first half and grabbed his chance, poking in his second goal for the Baggies breathing space in their 2-0 win over Wanderers.

"I'm delighted," Field told BBC WM. "Just to be back on the pitch was the main thing. Scoring was added bonus. It's something I’ll remember.

"Being a boy from the area and supporting them all my life it was special. More than the course of the season.

"I love my football and just want to play. That will get you started and get us into a promotion push. If I can be involved in that then brilliant. "

The field would be forgiven for feeling frustrated after a few shining lights during last season, but he was aware of how fiercely contested his position is.

"I'm still a baby in football terms, I'm still only 20," he said. "I like to play with the likes of Gareth Barry, which is a joy for me. I've got 17 years on me, he made his debut when I was born so that said a lot.

"He just oozes class. I don't have this season but there is so much to learn from him. I won't forget playing with him. I'll just take my chances when it comes and hopefully there’s more to come. "

Field was delighted. (AMA)

The field is expected to keep his place in the line-up for this weekend's trip to Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup, and the midfield injury crisis has a cast of doubt over a potential loan move away in January.

But for now, he’s just enjoying his second goal for the club.

"I didn't expect myself to get there to be honest but I did," he said. "And then it was just toepoke and hope.

"It went under the keeper and it was rolling in I knew straight away. It was a great feeling and hopefully I can do that more this season. "

Darren Moore said: "Sam's goal was meant to be a lot to him because he eats, sleeps and breathes this football club.

"That will have a special moment for him and his family."

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