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Clarke bemoans home defeat

West Brom boss Steve Clarke was left bemoaning his side's inability to convert a series of second-half chances after they went down to a 2-0 defeat at home to Norwich.

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Steve Clarke: West Brom boss admitted his side missed chances against Norwich

Steve Clarke: West Brom boss admitted his side missed chances against Norwich

Goals from Gary Hooper and Leroy Fer helped the Canaries earn a valuable win at The Hawthorns as they leapfrogged their opponents into 14th position in the table.

It is now one win in nine games for the Baggies, who drop to within two points of the relegation zone.

"We created a lot of chances but we did not get the goal. We made it difficult for ourselves conceding the goal which came from a throw-in and was a soft goal," said Clarke.

"It gave Norwich something to hang on to. We created enough chances but could not get the goal that would change the game in our favour."

Clarke also refused to blame Stephane Sessegnon for his misses or criticise referee Mark Clattenburg for failing to spot an apparent handball by Martin Olsson.

"The one chance was going in the net, it hit Martin Olsson on the hand which stopped it going in," he said.

"Whether the referee saw it or not does not help us. I am not sat here crying about a penalty decision because it's a tough one to call but the ball was going in the net, so it's hard to say it was a miss."

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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

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