Points please Clarke - not performance
Boss relieved with win after below-par show
Albion boss Steve Clarke was pleased to record the Baggies’ third victory of the season – but admitted the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace was far from a classic.
Goals from young striker Saido Berahino and a late header from Gareth McAuley earned Albion a hard fought win in testing conditions.
The Baggies struggled to hit top gear against the Eagles but avoid an upset after battling performance.
Clarke admitted the game will not live long in the memory, but three points were important after Albion’s defeat last week at Anfield.
“It was really windy and the conditions were difficult,” said Clarke.
“Neither team really got to grips with them. Also, for some reason, the pitch played a little bit slow.
“But for us the most important thing was to get back on track and get three points at home.
“We had to be patient.
“We saw how Keith Millen shaped Palace up at home to Arsenal last week and they did very well.
“They restricted Arsenal to few opportunities and we knew that would be the case again today.
“Fortunately for us, we got the goal just before half-time and the only disappointing thing was that we didn’t get the second goal sooner.
“We had some really good counter-attack opportunities and we didn’t make the most of them.”
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Source: WBA MAD
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