McAuley, who scored Albion's second against Crystal Palace after Berahino opened the scoring, claims the Baggies players have tried to encourage the youngster to keep taking his chances.
"We keep telling him to keep shooting," said McAuley. "He's getting himself in situations and maybe last season he wasn't shooting.
"He would have tried to look for a pass. He's getting his shots in and getting his rewards for it.
"He's worked really hard. It's up to us to keep him working hard and keep him progressing. We need to take his potential and turn him into a top-class potential."
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