Date: 26th April 2017 at 9:52am
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Skipper Darren Fletcher has admitted the players are struggling to identify why the goals have dried up in recent matches but he insisted nobody had relaxed off or downed tools given where we find ourselves in the Premier League table this season.

With no goals in the last four games despite opportunities coming our way, Fletcher told wba.co.uk that he was confident our form would turn again before the end of the campaign but obviously a confidence drop in the group was a worry.

‘It`s been a funny one. It`s hard to put your finger on. You can only keep going out there and doing it. Sometimes confidence goes really quickly, although we`re having a great season, it`s amazing how we`ve been waiting for a ‘down-patch` all season but it didn`t really come. Maybe this is just us having a little bit of a down period and people will coincide that with safety and 40 points and all that. Maybe a little bit of confidence has been lost. The effort’s there, the commitment’s there, there`s no doubt about that, it`s just not happening for us. We just need one to go in out of nothing and that will set us on our way.’

With Leicester City next up at The Hawthorns this Saturday, Fletcher knew it was the corresponding fixture at their ground that got our season on track in November.

‘It`s not that it hurts, it`s just annoying really. Because you see the effort the lads are putting in, and we`re preparing exactly the same. Nobody has downed tools off the pitch, we`re still doing our gym work, we`re doing all our exercises and what we`ve been doing all season. Nothing`s changed really, the intensity levels are still the same but it`s just not happened for us. We`re still eighth in the league and we want to finish eighth – that`s the target.’

Adding.

‘We want to get to 50 points. Yeah we`re having a down period, hopefully we can get over that this weekend and reach those two objectives which would be absolutely fantastic.’

With Fletcher being out of contract this summer, the Birmingham Mail have quoted as saying he’s ‘relaxed’ about the situation and his future.

Our ever present since joining from Manchester United triggered a contract extension a number of weeks back, but as of yet it’s on the table but unsigned.

‘It`s a strange one really. I triggered an extension, the extension was my option so the contract is there, there`s no issue. That`s the way it is really. I`m sure it will be sorted sooner rather than later.’

Adding.

‘There`s no real panic from my point of view it`s a completely relaxed situation. There`s nothing really going on. It`s just the way it is.’

He also expressed his surprise at the mechanics of the deal he signed when he joined.

‘It`s a weird situation the fact it`s been triggered and it`s my option. I`m not sure quite how that managed to be. Probably when you sign at the last minute of a transfer window these things happen that way. I`m completely relaxed about it and I think the club is completely relaxed about it. There`s no issue I just want to finish the season and keep playing.’

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