Date: 2nd September 2014 at 5:59pm
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Both James Morrison and Jason Davidson have said nobody in the camp will be letting the Swansea defeat get to them, because they know the squad is still to click, players still have to get up to real fitness levels and ultimately at this stage of the season two wins can catapult you up the table.

Speaking to firstly, Morrison said that he’s comfortable and confident that Albion now have a squad to really kick on and compete in the Premier League this season after last year’s troubles, but he knows it will take a few more games yet before we are in full form.

With transfer window day being as quiet as some of our early optimism for this campaign, Albion end the summer transfer window as the most busy team in the league and Morrison knows that for many of our new signings, the international break now is the perfect time for them to get the pre season that they have lacked, and hopefully in a fortnight we’ll be the better for it.

‘We’ve got a big squad now and we just need to get players fit and pushing for places. I think we’ll be ready to survive in this league. We’re only three games in, one defeat and we can’t get carried away or let it affect us, we’ve got to bounce back and not let it harm our season. One win can see you jump up the table or you can be down there so it will be an exciting season. But we’re all together and heading in the right direction.’

Morrison goes on to say that last weekend it was a very quiet dressing room at full time, but the players know they are still trying to gel, get on board with the new head coaches requirements and things like that will come in time, but until then – and in football after then – hiccups and bad days will happen, so it’s about continuing to believe and not letting yourself panic or get too down when things don’t go for you.

As for Davidson, he told the Birmingham Mail that there was no hiding that it was a particularly poor performance from him against Swansea as he has now headed off on international duty, but he’s promised fans that fitness and fatigue played a huge part in his performance and that is not what we should expect from him going forward.

The 23 year old explained.

‘The thing that surprised me the most is that in the Premier League you are up against players who will test you to the limit for 90 minutes. Right now I’m feeling the effects of not having a pre season under my belt. After playing 120 minutes against Oxford, I went into the game short on fuel. Missing a pre season didn’t help and I’m now playing catch up – being in camp now with Australia I will hopefully get a couple of games under my belt and pick up fitness.’

For Swansea specifically, he says he was disappointed in his own performance far more than anybody else would’ve been because he knows he can do better and he demands that he does better, but he knows he can’t let that affect his confidence and belief because he knows fitness was the major issue.

‘My mind knew what I wanted to do but my body just wouldn’t follow. That’s just fatigue and while there are no excuses you can only give what your body allows – and the rest is out of your hands. It’s a sign that I need to get Premier League match fitness ASAP.’

Harsh introduction to life at the Baggies but, he knows exactly what to expect now as do others so while they might be a few weeks off 100%, their eyes will be open and it’s down to how they work and how they respond.

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