Clarke refuses to blame Olsson

West Brom manager Steve Clarke refused to blame defender Jonas Olsson for his part in the winning goal in their 1-0 home defeat to Stoke.

Last Updated: 02/12/12 at 09:40 Post Comment

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Olsson's clearance fell to Michael Kightly before he crossed for fellow substitute Dean Whitehead to score.

"To be honest it was the kind of game we thought it might be. The two teams cancelled each other out," said Clarke.

"It was a game of few chances. We spoke before and said it was probably a game of one chance. We said the same at half-time and unfortunately for us the chance fell to Stoke.

"Jonas made the decision to take the ball out to the touchline. For me, it's a defender's decision. He is on the pitch, he has to make that call, he made the right call.

"He made a good challenge on Jones. Unfortunately when the ball went down the line it went to Kightly. How critical do you want to be of players? That's not correct. It was not a mistake."

Clarke made six changes from the side that was beaten 3-1 at Swansea in midweek but he insisted that did not prove crucial in the defeat at The Hawthorns.

"If anyone said that's why we lost the game, they would be wrong," added the Scotsman.

"The changes were made at the end of difficult week with two long away trips to the north east and south Wales.

"The boys who played in the two away games put in a lot of effort and I thought it was right time to freshen team up."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

hould have stayed because we carried him for 6.5 years. And then he has a breakthrough season, and was gone soon after. MU fans, you would be as disgusted had C Ronaldo left in 2007 and not 2009.

godof86
Is Van Persie Slipping Sadly Into The Night?

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

Footer 365

Scholes: Bale 'perfect' for United

Paul Scholes says Gareth Bale would be "a natural fit" for Manchester United and believes the winger could have the same impact as Eric Cantona.

Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio suffers anterior cruciate ligament damage

Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering knee ligament damage.

Mark Hughes signs new contract with Stoke City to summer 2019

Stoke manager Mark Hughes has signed a new contract with the club which runs until the summer of 2019.

Mail Box

Where's The Love For Walcott?

Theo Walcott is wanted by neither Arsenal or Liverpool fans in the afternoon Mailbox. Also, some good points on the FA skewed priorities, and glorious geekery...

Ripe Robin Still Has A Role To Play...

There is some support for the aging Robin van Perise in a frankly threadbare Mailbox. Also, more debate over homegrown players, with a suggestion of an import tax...

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