Di Matteo delighted by Baggies

22 August 2009 08:32
// A bit of a hack but it works// The article snippet is wrapped onto a second line, even when #article-sub is emptyif( $("div#article-sub").children().length == 0 ) {$("div#article-sub").remove();} Roberto Di Matteo was delighted after his impressive West Brom side beat Ipswich 2-0 at the Hawthorns.[LNB] The Baggies maintained their unbeaten start to the Championship campaign thanks to first-half goals from Youssouf Mulumbu and Robert Koren.[LNB]The score could have been more but Ipswich keeper Richard Wright was in inspired form, pulling off a string of fine stops, including a penalty save from Luke Moore late on.[LNB]The victory saw West Brom move level on points with Middlesbrough and Newcastle at the top.[LNB]Exceptionally wellDi Matteo told Sky Sports: "I think at some stages we played exceptionally well. We started really strong, scored the first goal, had a couple of more chances actually.[LNB]"But I thought we were always in control of the game, I thought we played really well today."[LNB]He acknowledged Wright had an "outstanding day" for Ipswich and is positive about the coming season for the Baggies.[LNB]"I think it's going to take a little while for us to do what we want to do - we are pleased with the good start and we just want to build on it."[LNB]Keane challengeIpswich boss Roy Keane admits there is a big challenge ahead for him to turn the Tractor Boys into promotion contenders.[LNB]The defeat means his side have only picked up one point from their opening four games to sit second from bottom of the Championship.[LNB]He said: "We saw today obviously in West Brom a team that are going places and we don't look like we're going anywhere too fast, so it's a big challenge ahead."[LNB]Keane added: "I always knew that the job would be difficult but there is no getting away from the fact that it is a massive, massive challenge over the next few months. It is sink or swim for the players.[LNB]"We need to do better and I don't want to keep saying it. We don't look much of a goal threat and we are giving bad goals away. That is a recipe for trouble so it is going to be very, very hard.[LNB]"But it can be done. You have to believe that we can turn it around.[LNB]"The Championship season is very long and you have to believe that we can get up to speed - sooner rather than later.[LNB]"Against Albion we gave a couple of bad goals away and we need to do better."[LNB]

Source: SKY_Sports