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Irvine curses Albion's bad luck

28 December 2014

Head coach feels Albion deserved more

ALAN Irvine believes Stoke City's second goal knocked the stuffing out of his Albion players - in a game he felt his side deserved to win.

Mame Diouf defeated Albion with a double during the second half, with both strikes being deflected before beating Ben Foster.

The Stoke striker's second goal was particularly harsh on Albion, not least as Marko Arnautovic's wayward shot struck him as he was running into the box - totally wrong-footing the Baggies goalkeeper.

Irvine said: "I was disappointed with our finishing because we got into good positions but other than that we totally dominated the game, created chances. 

"Had we been more clinical in the final third, we would have had more chances.

"The first goal was difficult to take given it was a deflection and followed a really good attacking position for us when it looked like we'd got in behind them through Andre Wisdom. From it being in the hands of Begovic they got the goal.

"That was a blow, but we came back from that. Gareth McAuley hit the post and the second was a really hard one to take because it took a big deflection.

"We made some mistakes against Manchester City but we didn't today and found ourselves 2-0 down. The players found that hard to recover from."

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