The Hawthorns

Next Game

W Brom v Man City

Monday, 10 August 2015, 20:00

Barclays Prem

Clarke's relief at first goal

Steve Clarke spoke of his relief as his West Brom side finally scored their first Premier League goal of the season in their 1-1 draw with Fulham.

Last Updated: 17/09/13 at 09:19 Post Comment

Steve Clarke: West Brom boss relieved by first goal of the season

Steve Clarke: West Brom boss relieved by first goal of the season

The Baggies had failed to find the net in their opening three games of the campaign, but Gareth McAuley's late header secured a point.

Clarke made three second-half changes as he attempted to overturn the one-goal deficit and the former Chelsea coach says he thought that the performance merited at least a point.

"I think the way we played, we deserved to get something," he told Sky Sports.

"Obviously when you're going into injury time and you're still one down and you haven't scored your first goal of the season, you start to get a little bit anxious.

"But I said to someone back on the bench that I fancied us to score before the end and fortunately, a great delivery and Gareth does what he does best - attacks the corners.

"Goals-wise, Gareth's a threat in the box. We've got good set-play delivery and boys who can attack the ball there so we're always a threat from set-plays.

"What was disappointing for us was that we lost one from a set-play so that's unusual, it's not like us. But like I say, I thought the team performance today was better, we played well, we stayed in the game.

"Second-half we played some good football, created some decent chances and on another day, maybe with the confidence a little bit higher, we would have got the goal from open play, but that will come in the future, I'm sure.

Clarke also spoke of the difficult task he faced as he attempted to gel some of his new signings together following the international break.

"When you make a number of changes right on the deadline day, it's difficult enough, but when they go away for 14 days or whatever it was to be with their countries, you have to find a way quickly," he said.

"But when you have good players, it makes it a lot easier."

Deadline day signings Victor Anichebe and Morgan Amalfitano were handed their West Brom debuts and Clarke believes that they both proved their worth at Craven Cottage.

"Victor is a big strong striker, he showed all his qualities today. He can hold the ball up, can link the play well. There was some good understanding with Nicolas (Anelka) as the second striker," said Clarke.

"Morgan's come from the top division, a top team in France. He understands the game, he understands his position very well and I thought for his first game in the Premier League, he's got to be really pleased with his contribution."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

t's wrong to be making a joke out of Bender's name at the expense of gay people. It's the kind of childish, uncivilised thing that Football365 would deride and ridicule if it was another media outlet saying. Why is there a need for jokes like this? Does it make your writers feel like men? F365 might suggest that I 'lighten up', but it is genuinely traumatic for people who have been oppressed all their lives to be the butt of jokes, and to be told...

anamsport
The Beeriod Gossip

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

I

f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

foot in mouth
Adebayor & Berbatov: You Have To Admire The Balls

Footer 365

Arsenal 1 Chelsea 0: Gunners win Community Shield

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored as Arsenal won the Community Shield with a 1-0 victory over Chelsea, with Arsene Wenger finally beating Jose Mourinho.

Angel Di Maria poised for medical ahead of move to PSG

Manchester United's Angel Di Maria is expected to undergo a medical in the next 24 hours ahead of a move to PSG.

Mourinho plans to manage into his 70s

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes he is a better manager than he was 10 years ago - and he wants to continue until he's in his 70s.

Mail Box

Neville Has It Wrong On Chelsea...

One Mailboxer says that the Neviller has it slightly wrong on Chelsea. Plus thoughts on sexy Saints, pre-season reviews, Connor Wickham and televised analysis...

De Gea Disrespectful? Remember RVP...

We got dozens of mails from people pointing and laughing at Brian D for suggesting David de Gea has acted disrespectfully; we printed some. And there's more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company