Clarke expects improvement

Steve Clarke expects his strengthened West Brom squad to hit the ground running after the international break.

Last Updated: 11/09/13 at 14:47 Post Comment

Latest Articles

Transfer news: Van Gaal hints former Barcelona keeper Valdes could stay at Manchester United

Post comment

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has refused to rule out the possibility of signing goalkeeper Victor Valdes.

Premier League: Manuel Pellegrini confident Joe Hart will sign new Manchester City deal

Post comment

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says he is confident that England goalkeeper Joe Hart will sign a new contract.

All Articles

Steve Clarke: Happy with deadline-day re

Steve Clarke: Happy with deadline-day re

Albion went into the two-week break bottom of the table - a far cry from last season when they were third after three games.

James Morrison is still struggling with the groin injury which kept him out of Scotland's World Cup qualifiers and is likely to miss Saturday's trip to Fulham along with Matej Vydra (hamstring).

But new signings Lee Camp, Stephane Sessegnon, Victor Anichebe and Morgan Amalfitano have all joined since the club's home defeat to Swansea, and Clarke is hopeful of an improvement in results.

He said: "This year the international break came at a good time. Last year we were a bit disappointed it came when it did because we had started well.

"It's nice to have got a little breather, with a number of boys away on international duty and after having a busy transfer deadline day.

"Camp, Anichebe and Amalfitano have been able to train with the group. We're definitely in a better place as a squad. We're stronger and competitive. We need to get them working together and picking up points.

"The deadline day was good for us. We've got some good players in and hopefully that will show very quickly in the results.

"We've been looking for more creativity and we have to rectify that in the coming games and hopefully we'll see some positive signs on Saturday of what we've been trying to do on the training ground.

"Only Victor has probably not had enough minutes on the pitch, but Stephane has played for Sunderland and Morgan has played at Marseille. So those boys, if not ready to go this weekend, will certainly very, very quickly be up to speed."


Sky Bet Free Bet Club: £10 free bet - £5 free every week


Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Footer 365

La Liga: Carlo Ancelotti praises 'professional' Real Madrid after 3-1 Barcelona win

Carlo Ancelotti praised Real Madrid's "unique professionalism" after they came from a goal down to beat Barcelona.

Premier League: Mauricio Pochettino says Alan Pardew deserves more respect

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits it is tough not to feel sorry for Newcastle counterpart Alan Pardew.

La Liga: Luis Enrique stands by Luis Suarez selection after Barcelona defeat

Luis Enrique defended his decision to start Luis Suarez against Real Madrid after his team slumped to a 3-1 defeat.

Mail Box

'Goals Like That Can Make You Pregnant'

Those being sniffy about Erik Lamela's rabona are given short shrift in the afternoon mailbox, where criticism of Brendan Rodgers is smashed out of the park...

Does David De Gea Need Competition?

It would certainly be a good idea to give Victor Valdes a contract, while we have more mails on Brendan Rodgers, Arsene Wenger, the rabona and mailbox gripes...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property