Date: 3rd April 2017 at 5:13am
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Goalkeeper Ben Foster has said that head coach Tony Pulis is a master of the ‘lost art’ of defending following our ongoing performances this season.

With a strong defensive ethos in the squad, that was more than evident again as we took a hard fought point in a scoreless draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford over the weekend, and speaking to in his own post game press conference, the former England man explained.

‘We`ve defended well all season and I`ve got to pay credit to the gaffer. He actually teaches defenders to defend. It`s a lost art nowadays and players don`t know how to defend. Everyone is focused on how to attack and go forward but he teaches players how to defend and I think the lads are benefiting from that, they`ve been doing what they did yesterday all season.’

Foster went on to say.

‘We probably don`t get enough credit for that to be honest. Some of the best teams go to Old Trafford and don`t see much of the ball, we knew that. It`s important to stay calm, patient and compact. Defending is seen as the boring part of the game and everyone is eager to have flair football, even from your central defenders. You`ve got to know your jobs and that`s the difference between us and a lot of other teams. You have to stick to your job, and some teams aren`t happy to do that and maybe spend too much time doing things that aren`t necessarily what they`re good at.’

He ended by explaining that it’s all about discipline and attitude in reality.

‘There are many teams who are similar to us that think they can turn up to Old Trafford and out play players who are on £250k a week, £50million players – you can`t do it! That`s why we play to our strengths and we`re better at that than most teams. You can say what you want about it but we know our strengths and that`s that.’

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