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Irvine relieved and pleased with welcome win at Tottenham

Alan Irvine
West Brom boss Alan Irvine. Credit: PA

Eyebrows were raised when Alan irvine was named Pepe Mel's successor at West Brom in the summer, with the Baggies' alarming start to the season exacerbating fans' concerns. But a deserved 1-0 win at Tottenham will have afforded Irvine some much-needed breathing room.

"Watching Match of the Day last night, the table didn't look very nice," Irvine said of the pressure on him.

"When you've got a game in hand, it does not necessarily mean you're going to get the points from that game, especially when you are coming to White Hart Lane.

"I suppose I would be lying if I said there wasn't an element of relief, but the over-riding emotion is one of real pleasure for the players, for the club as a whole, everybody involved and, of course, for our fans. I am more pleased than relieved."

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