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23 December 2012 05:07
Clarke relived to end winless streak

Steve Clarke welcomed three deserved points against Norwich City to end Albion’s mini-slump and relieve any pressure placed on the high-flying Baggies.

Albion had not scored in over five hours and had only picked up one point from a possible 12 going into the game against the Canaries.

But goals in each half from Zoltan Gera and Romelu Lukaku saw the Baggies return to winning ways and continue their impressive start to the season.

The victory moved Albion on to 30 points before Christmas and back into the top six in the Premier League.

“There’s come a little bit more pressure on us,” said the Baggies boss, “We spoke about it before the game.  “It was a big game for us today.  “I think it was important we got the three points.  “We huffed and puffed a bit in the game a little bit to be honest.  “I thought it was crucial for us to get the goal just before half-time.  “We haven’t scored for a number of hours as people kept pointing out.  “Sometimes when it’s like that you either need a fantastic goal or a sloppy goal, which changed it.  “At the start of the second half I made one change, which was tactical.  “Graham Dorrans had done well in the first half but I felt him and Chris Brunt were maybe a little too similar looking to come on the ball.  “We tried to address that problem and brought on Marco Fortune.  “It didn’t really change the course of the game if I’m being honest because we were still stuttering a little bit.  “So I decided to stick on another forward and stick four up front to try and turn one point into three because I felt three points was really important for us.” 

Do you think Clarke's tactical changes made the difference against the Canaries? Have your say here at Baggies Banter. 

Source: WBA MAD


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