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Gera: We still believe

Veteran winger eager to make amends for Stoke defeat

ZOLTAN Gera insists his Albion team-mates are ready to bounce back from Saturday’s 1-0 defeat by Stoke at The Hawthorns. 

Dean Whitehead’s 75th-minute strike was enough to earn all three points for the visitors as the Baggies fell to a second-successive loss.

Albion were defeated by Manchester City and Newcastle before embarking on a four-game winning streak which ended at Swansea on Wednesday. 

And the Hungary international winger believes it is important Steve Clarke’s outfit respond to their last two results in a similar manner.   

“We’re disappointed we lost against Stoke but we have a chance to pick up points in our next game,” said Gera.

“There are no excuses for Saturday. We have to always play well no matter who we are against.

“When you lose two games people will ask if you are in bad form but we believe in what we are doing and we will carry on.

“Every game is difficult in the Premier League and there are no easy games.

“It is credit to us that we have done what we have done so far this season but we know there are no easy games and we must work really hard for every single point.
“We have to end this run and we have to pick up points.”

He added: “It was a difficult game for us and there were not many chances.

“The manager said at half-time that if one team were to score a goal it would probably win the game so they scored and we didn’t create too many chances.

“It was a bad game to watch but this is football and sometimes you have to dig in.

“Hopefully, we will learn from this result and next time we will be better.
“Stoke don’t give you too many opportunities and we didn’t play as well as we can.

“I think a draw would have been a fair result but they scored and won the game.

“I think a draw could have been a good result for us but we wanted to win.

“It’s frustrating and a point would have painted a better picture for us.
“It’s difficult because they are a strong, physical team and what they do, they do well.

“There’s no question that it is very difficult to beat Stoke.

“We lost the game and we have to move on and be ready for the next game.”