Jose Izquierdo believes he can produce a moment or two of magic before the end of the season.

But the Colombian winger is happy to dig in and defend in the quest for safety.

Izquierdo enjoyed a first start in four-and-a-half months in the 0-0 draw at Wolves on Saturday.

It was a first full 90 minutes since the 2-1 win at Huddersfield on December 1.

He did little on the ball but was smiling after a tough, hot afternoon tracking first dangerous Wolves wing-back Matt Doherty, then flying machine Adama Traore.

Ex-Albion midfielder Warren Aspinall, now expert summariser on BBC Radio Sussex, sang the praises of his work-rate during his station’s post-match phone-in.

Whether Izquierdo is ready to go again at Tottenham remains to be seen.

He told The Argus as he departed Molineux that any reaction to the knee problem which has dogged him this season is felt not straight after the game but the following day.

But boss Chris Hughton reported no problems when he updated the media yesterday morning.

Hughton revealed post-match that he had not expected more than an hour from his winger.

Izquierdo told The Argus: “I felt good. It was very difficult coming back into the starting XI but I’m obviously happy .

“It was very demanding – I’m tired! We knew if we were going to get anything what sort of work we would have to do.

“I thought we were very good keeping those two lines of four and we got a point which can help in what we are fighting for.

“It was my first match after about four months working hard to get over the injury.”

It was pointed out to Izquierdo that he produced a lot of work, sacrifice and discipline.

But the chances to get him away on counter raids which might have grabbed a 1-0 win were few and far between initially and then dried up totally in the last quarter of the match as Albion were pegged back.

The Argus put it to him that the moment of Izquierdo magic we hope to see this season – and which could be precious - has not happened yet.

Such moments were massive last season, be it the goal which sent them towards the first away win at West Ham.

Or the super strike which put them back ahead at home to the Hammers when Albion were in danger of dropping into trouble.

(Izquierdo rated that Albion’s most important goal of the season).

Or even the little cross which set up the winning goal at home to Manchester United.

He replied: “As the games go by, I think I’ll adapt more to the matches and you will see this magic, as you say.

“I hope to keep helping the team but I’m grateful for this first match.

“I’ll keep working for the games which are coming.”

Izquierdo says any suggestion he will require more knee surgery this summer is premature.

He added: “We will see what happens at the end of the season.

“For now, I am concentrated on the matches coming up “We will see how it all reacts after those matches. Then we will make a decision.

“For now I feel good after 90 minutes but the reaction always comes the day afterwards.”