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Ahmed Hegazi talks tactics, partnership with Craig Dawson

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Egypt international talked about ’s new system and his partnership with centre back Craig Dawson at the back.

Hegazi played a major role since joining West Brom as he played in all of their Premier League games last season. This season he participated in 29 games of a possible 36, scoring once and providing two assists, including one in their latest game against Stoke City.

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The 28-year-old expressed his delight in playing alongside fellow defender Craig Dawson as well as new arrivals Kyle Bartley and Tosin Adarabioyo.

“I feel very comfortable when Craig and I play together. We have carried on from last season and Craig has been good for me with his experience of the team and the club over eight seasons now,” Hegazi told West Brom website

“He has helped me a lot and that has helped us play well together, but I have to say the boys we have added this season are doing very well too.

“With Kyle and Tosin, I feel any one of us can play in any combination; the relationship between us all is good. I don’t think it is just a case of Craig and I doing well; I feel we all are.”

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The Baggies managed to keep just four clean sheets this season up until now, a record which the Egyptian is hoping to improve.

“We know we have to keep clean sheets over the second half of the season and we have spoken about this a lot. If we can achieve this, it would make the run-in easier for us.

“We are trying to give the team the chance to play. We have got very good attacking players and by bringing the ball out from the back we are trying to give them the best chance possible to show their qualities.

“Sometimes we get punished with this system but we will keep working at it and I feel we’re doing better all the time.

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“Promotion for the club, for the players, for the staff, for the fans – promotion is the target. Everyone in the club wants it and we must keep working. Automatic promotion is the best way to achieve this but we have to fight until we do it.

“It’s a very, very tough league. Any team can beat any team. It’s not easy for anyone to play every game.

“It’s one of the five best leagues in the world and one of the toughest. You have to keep going.

“Lately I think the team is doing very well. We perform well in all the games we play; sometimes the result does not come but we keep working and keep going and as long as we do this, the results will come,” Hegazi concluded.

West Brom are currently fourth on the league table with 53 points with one game in hand. They will face ninth-placed Nottingham Forest on Tuesday, February 12.

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