Clarke focuses frustrations on Villa
Boss to use Chelsea saga as derby motivator
Steve Clarke wants his players to take out their frustrations from the Chelsea game out on nearby rivals Aston Villa on Monday night.
Albion were denied a famous win at Stamford Bridge after Andre Marriner awarded Chelsea a controversial last-minute spot kick to earn a 2-2 draw.
The unjust nature of the result still irritates Clarke – especially after a two-week international break.
But the Baggies boss has told his players to focus any frustration about the Chelsea saga out on Monday night against The Villains.
“If we can use the frustration to kick on and get the points against Villa then fine,” he said, as his men look to extend their unbeaten run against the claret-and-blues to six games,” said Clarke.
“But the players are all experienced enough to know that you can’t dwell on the previous game, you have to look forward to the next one.
“Chelsea’s gone and we have to move on.
“The next game isn't a small game either - it's massive.
“It's a big game, we're looking forward to it.
“It’s just a shame we didn’t have a game quickly after; we’ve had to sit on it for more than two weeks.”
He added: “I haven't paid too much attention to the Chelsea game.
“I looked at the game again; the performance was good.
“We just have to make sure we take the positives out of the game and take them into the Villa game.
“It’s nice to put it to bed and get ready for Monday night, which is a tremendous game for everybody involved.”
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Source: WBA MAD
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