Turf Moor

Next Game

Burnley v W Brom

Sunday, 08 February 2015, 12:00

Barclays Prem

The Hawthorns

Last Game

W Brom 0 - 3 Tottenham

Saturday, 31 January 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Foster questions Long sale

West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster has questioned his club's decision to sell Shane Long in the January transfer window.

Last Updated: 24/03/14 at 11:12 Post Comment

Ben Foster: Questioned West Brom's decision to sell Shane Long

Ben Foster: Questioned West Brom's decision to sell Shane Long

More of the games that matter

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

Long came back to haunt his old club as he won a penalty and scored a goal in Hull City's 2-0 win over West Brom at the KC Stadium on Saturday.

West Brom have struggled since the departure of Long and find themselves three points above the drop zone after a terrible slump in form since the turn of the year.

Foster admits he is perplexed as to why the club would decide to sell one of their top performers in January and admits his departure has been a big blow for everyone at The Hawthorns.

"Sometimes I think why did we let him go to be honest with you," said Foster. "It's not even hindsight.

"He was one of our best players from the last couple of years and it's disappointing that he's no longer here. When he went, it was obviously a big blow for us because we know what Shane does.

"He will give you 110% every single minute of every game. He's a fantastic player and we would love to have him now."

"If you had asked the players, we would have liked to have seen him stay.

"It's a business at the end of the day, so it's out of our hands."

Foster also defended Long after he was accused by West Brom fans of diving to win Hull's penalty, from which Liam Rosenior scored after Nikica Jelavic's spot-kick was saved by Foster.

Long went down in the box under a challenge from Craig Dawson even though it looked there was minimal contact between the players, but Foster insists the Republic of Ireland international is no cheat.

"I don't think it was a penalty and I don't think Shane was looking for a penalty," added Foster.

"He's a great guy. I know the fans weren't too happy with him, but Shane's not like that. He's not one of those guys who will dive.

"He's a real, honest hard-working guy. He knows what his role is and he does it week in, week out."

More of the games that matter

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

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

o Brendan is full of sh!t, who'd have thought it eh?

fatbob30
Carroll accuses Rodgers

P

resumably, you wanted to keep the version of Downing that was never seen at Anfield. The one that another manager has managed to re-create. The one you passed over.

badwolf
Rodgers: I wanted to keep Downing

T

he uber commercialisation of the 90s has led to the point where this overly familar, try hard, jolly hockey sticks type fronts up a major football match on a weekly basis. Unlike the great presenters of yesteryear, I doubt he would even recognise the scent of Brut.

mufc phil
Football On TV: Jake Humphrey

Footer 365

AFCON round-up: Ivory Coast and Ghana make semi-finals

Ivory Coast and Ghana both qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals after beating Algeria and Guinea respectively on Sunday.

Stuart Pearce sacked as Nottingham Forest manager

Stuart Pearce has been sacked as manager of Nottingham Forest, the club confirmed on Sunday evening.

Transfer news: Tottenham look to offload trio and sign a player on loan

Tottenham will allow Emmanuel Adebayor and either Younes Kaboul or Vlad Chiriches to leave on loan before the deadline.

Mail Box

'Costa Is A Bad Man. Suarez Is Not'

That's quite some claim. And yes, unfortunately we are still talking about this. We also have mails on Ronaldinho, possible replacements for Yaya Toure and more...

Red Mist Better Than Calculated Costa?

Hmmm. We're not sure about this argument - one Mailbox says Luis Suarez is easier to forgive because he is a little loco. We also have mails on Studge and more...

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