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Long: Let's focus on City

Striker admits things did not go Albion’s way at St. James’ Park

SHANE Long insists there is no time to dwell on this evening’s 2-1 defeat at Newcastle and urged his team-mates to now focus on Wednesday night’s home clash with Manchester City (ko 8pm). 

Chris Brunt’s 53rd-minute equaliser gave the Baggies hope at St. James’ Park – but Moussa Sissoko’s 25-yard effort earned the hosts all three points four minutes later.

The Ireland international believes Albion are more than capable of getting a result against sixth-placed City.

“It was disappointing and things just didn’t fall for us today,” said Long.

“One went through my legs and went just past the post.

“Things just didn’t fall for us.

“Sometimes that happens.

“We’re disappointed because we know we are good enough to come here and get at least a point.

“They got a wonder goal to win the game just after we’d got back into it.

“We were looking to kick on and they go and score a goal like that.

“That put us back a little bit.

“We kept playing our football in the hope that a chance would come our way but sadly it didn’t.

“We’ve got a good test ahead of us against Manchester City on Wednesday night.

“We want to test ourselves against the best in the league.

“We are capable of doing well against the best and we showed that at Old Trafford.

“The Hawthorns is a difficult place for other teams to come to and the fans get right behind us.

“I’m sure everybody will be up for that game.

“We’re not fools and we know it’s going to be a hard game.

“They’ve got top players and we’ll need to be at the top of our game to stop them scoring.

“We’ll prepare well and try to get six points this week.

“If we do that then we can soon forget about tonight.”