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Boss: Albion were unfortunate
Clarke says defeat unfair on Albion
Baggies boss Steve Clarke believes Albion were unfortunate to leave St James’ Park with no points after Newcastle 2-1 victory.
Yoan Gouffran’s first half goal was cancelled out by Chris Brunt’s first goal of the season after the break.
But just four minutes after Albion had levelled, Moussa Sissoko fired an unstoppable volley to continue Newcastle’s rich vein of form.
“I think anyone who is fair-minded about the game would say we should have got something from it,” said Clarke.
“But we didn’t so we have to get ourselves prepared for Manchester City on Wednesday night and start getting some points on the board.
“I’ve got a good team, a good group of players, who are always committed and give 100 per cent.
“It was a strange first half; I thought it was a bit subdued.
“Both teams cancelled each other out – two teams on a similar level I think, although you wouldn’t looking at the league table because Newcastle are much higher.
“They are on a great run and have put the points on the board that maybe our performances have merited.
“But in this league you have to make sure you get the points and not performances.”
“Their first goal came from nowhere.
“We defend set-plays very well as a rule so it was disappointing to go behind in that manner.
“But the reaction to going behind was good.
“We started the second half really positively and got back into the game.
“The real shame is it didn’t stay 1-1 for a little longer.
“We were the team with the good momentum at that stage.
“It was a great strike from Sissoko – you have to give him credit for that.
“It set us on the back foot a little bit but we responded to that and we came again, and risked a lot at the end to try and get the equaliser.”
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Source: WBA MAD
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