Clarke: Results not coming
West Brom boss Steve Clarke was disappointed with his team’s 2-1
defeat at Everton and admits his side are “scratching” for a
Two first-half goals from Leighton Baines – one of them from the
penalty spot – were enough for the Toffees at Goodison Park even
though Shane Long did pull a goal back after the interval.
Asked how he felt about the game, Clarke told Sky Sports:
“Disappointing. It’s not been a good start to the year for us.
We’re scratching a little bit for performances and the results are
“We’re conceding goals. And when you concede two goals in the
Premier League and try to chase it to get back…
“We managed to do it against Villa but it was a little too much
for us today.”
Asked about the penalty on the stroke of half time, Clarke
added: “I think it was critical to the shape of the game, the way
the game went.
“Everton had a lot of possession first half but they didn’t
create an awful lot of chances. They scored a good (first) goal
from their point of view but a very bad defensive goal from our
point of view.
“But if we’d got the game in at 1-0 with 45 minutes to come out
and have a go then we might have got something from it.
“From 2-0 to 2-1 it changes the whole complexion of the game and
the whole atmosphere around the place. Obviously we’re on the front
foot then. We just needed a break and we didn’t get it.
“Graham Dorrans’ free-kick was a good one but it hit the
crossbar and came out and sometimes they are the margins.”
The Baggies have not won a game since Boxing Day and Clarke
acknowledges that he must review his own decisions in the hope of
turning things around.
“We have to work harder and I have to look at myself too,” he
admitted. “That’s always the first port of call, you look at
yourself. You look to see what you can do to help your team.
“We’ll go out on the training ground and work as hard as we
always do and hopefully we can put it right with a good performance
and a good home win on Sunday against Tottenham.”