Keith Andrews is hoping to have an even bigger impact at Albion in the coming weeks after his dream debut.
The Republic of Ireland ace played a vital part in the 5-1 thrashing of local rivals Wolves – scoring the fourth goal in the rout after replacing the injured Paul Scharner in midfield at half-time.
Andrews sets his standards high and, although deep down he expected not to go straight into the side, he was still disappointed to be on the bench against his former side.
But now the Baggies midfielder has proved what he can do, he is hoping there is more to come in the near future.
“I want to play in every game and even against Swansea I was disappointed not to get on,” he said.
“So it was nice to get on – when you’re a sub you don’t always envisage getting half a game.
“You usually get 15 or 20 minutes but to get a full half and be able to get right involved in the game was very pleasing.
“I was delighted just to get on and make my debut and I was delighted with the result.
“But the score and to win by that margin was Roy of the Rovers stuff. It was a dream come true,” the former Blackburn battler went on.
“The lads were fantastic in the first half. They controlled the game right up to the last few minutes of the half and, unfortunately, we let them score on the break right at the end.
“So often when that happens you see the team that scores the equaliser push on and we were quite concerned about that.
“We wanted to make sure we kicked on in the second half and do what we did in the first half and we did just that.
“The only difference was that we scored. In the first half their keeper proved unbeatable but on the whole we were delighted.”
Andrews is now relishing Saturday week’s home clash with Sunderland.
Already he has seen the quality in the ranks and sees no reason why Roy Hodgson’s 14th-placed side cannot climb the table in the remaining 13 games of the season.
“I don’t think Sunday was a one-off performance at all,” he insisted.
“I’ve seen every day in training since I’ve been here the standards that the head coach sets.
“He won’t settle for any sloppiness or people not doing things right and we’ve got a good work ethic among the players.
“You could see it in the couple of games I’ve been here – that they work hard for each other and there is a good understanding between the lads.
“Then we’ve got players with that little bit of magic that can come up with a bit of trickery and that little bit that you need to win games.”
Andrews signed a deal until the end of the season after ripping up his contract at Ewood Park in order to move to The Hawthorns.
He now admits that he is playing for his future and would welcome an extended stay.
“I would certainly be open to it,” said Andrews about a prolonged spell in the Midlands.
“I have come here to play for a manager I want to play for and a club I believe is run well and has a good set of lads that I enjoy coming in and working with every day.
“I enjoy being part of the team so I am certainly open to it and I’m sure, if I keep going the way I am, then the club will be as well.”