Clarke reveals Villa disappointment

01 October 2012 02:12
Boss says reaction underlines expectation

Steve Clarke revealed Albion’s players were disappointed after yesterday’s 1-1 draw with nearby rivals Aston Villa.

Albion took the lead through Shane Long in the 51st minute before Darren Bent came off the bench to equalise with ten minutes to go.

The Baggies created the better chances at Villa Park with Shane Long unlucky not to score with a close range header before having a goal chalked off for offside. Romelu Lukaka then came off the bench to hit the post before calling Brad Guzan into a late close-range block.

Clarke said his players were down-hearted after the game after only coming away with a point. But he claimed their disappointment shows just how far the club has progressed in recent years.

“I thought we started the game well,” said Clarke.  “We moved it well, passed it well but without threatening or creating too many chances.  “Having been in that position I’m a little bit disappointed we didn’t go on and win it.  “Obviously, in an away game like this you probably need the second goal just to alleviate a little bit of the late pressure you know is going to come, when the ball is going to be in your box a lot.  “Unfortunately probably the only time in the game we didn’t manage to get it out on the first or second attempt, it bobbled around for the third attempt, and it fell to Darren and he scored.  “The dressing room is disappointed.  “The players are disappointed to come to Aston Villa and only get a point. “Maybe that speaks volumes of where the club are moving, where the club has come from and where they are now.  “We can handle that disappointment and be ready for the next game.  “If you look at it objectively, going away in the Premier League, a point is always a good result.” 

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