Goalkeeper Ben Foster and skipper Darren Fletcher have both been giving their thoughts following victory over reigning Champions Leicester City last weekend.
Having taken the two one victory over Leicester at their King Power Stadium last weekend, with goals coming from James Morrison and Matt Phillips, Foster told wba.co.uk that he felt it was a very ‘deserved’ victory, and whilst some talk about a below par showing from the reigning Champions once more this season, he felt that was more a reflection on the performance that West Brom had put in on the day as we secured our third Premier League win of the campaign.
We did of course end Leicester’s 20 game unbeaten run at their ground stretching back into their successes last season.
‘It was a brilliant win and I think we deserved it too. It didn`t feel like we were under pressure apart from the five or 10 minutes after they scored their goal. It was a good performance against a team we know are very good. Even though we knew what to expect from them, we dealt with it very well.’
Foster went on to say.
‘We limited them to very few chances. They managed to take the one they did get which is poor from our perspective because we had just scored. We should`ve kept it tighter for longer. At the end of the day we have won the game and come away with three points.’
As for our skipper, he spoke about being wary of ‘trying too hard’ in game this season especially in light of the press surrounding his own lack of form, but he felt, in his own post game press interviews, that the criticism had been overblown – even if he did accept his Leicester showing was a good answer to the criticism that’s come his way so far this year.
‘I think my start to the season has been a little bit over-exaggerated. I don’t think I’ve hit the heights of last season but at the same time it’s only been on certain occasions or maybe a half here and there where I haven’t performed. Last week against Manchester City was disappointing but I’ve been there before and I’m strong enough to handle it.’
As for the wary of ‘trying too hard’ following criticism, he went on to say.
‘Sometimes I’m trying to do too much and take on too much responsibility. You have to take a step back now and again and understand that you can’t do everything yourself. As captain you have to look after your own performance first and foremost and make sure your passing, touch and awareness is where it needs to be.’
Having referenced the fact that he felt he hadn’t yet reached the regular performance levels of last season, he also accepted sometimes you have to be big enough to fan criticism on the chin, but then show belief to get them back behind you as a player.
‘Of course, the fans are always entitled to their opinion. But I’m confident in myself and how much I give as captain of West Bromwich Albion on and off the field.’