West Brom manager urges team “to move on”

West Brom manager Steve Clarke

Steve Clarke wants his West Brom side to get over this weekend’s defeat by Newcastle and channel frustrations into their next match against Southampton.

The Baggies were beaten 2-1 by Alan Pardew’s Newcastle side in their Premier League match this weekend during stoppage time. However, though he feels the team’s current point tally is unfair and cruel, Clarke believes his players have to start looking forward to their next fixture.

He said: “We’ve now got to dust ourselves down, look forward to the next game and try to take our frustrations out on Southampton. With a bit more luck, we could have more points than we have. In fact, we should have even more points,”

“To be stuck on 14 points after these last two games, it’s cruel. It’s not fair. But we have to move on, in football we’ve always got the next game. I think it will be difficult to get the players’ heads up at first. We’ll let them sulk for a couple of days. They deserve to do that. But by the time the next game comes round, on Monday week, we’ll be ready. I’ve got a good dressing room. I’ve got men in there. They understand that sometimes you don’t get what you deserve from a game. We’ve just got to take the frustrations of the last two weeks and channel it into the next game.”

Steve Clarke has admitted how deciding to pick Romelu Lukaku for the game over Shane Long was tough, saying how he has “really good forwards at the club.”
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