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Foster: It was an important point

And keeper praises cool Anichebe

BEN Foster insists it was important to record a positive result in yesterday's 1-1 draw against Liverpool after four of the Barclays Premier League's bottom half won on Saturday.

Stoke, Cardiff, West Ham and Sunderland all recorded victories at the weekend - with the Baggies now in a group of nine teams separated by only six points.

And Foster believes a draw against the fourth-placed Reds stands them in good stead ahead of next week's trip to Crystal Palace.    

“The results on Saturday didn’t go in our favour," he said.

"It was important to get something out of the game and, after a first-half performance that wasn’t the best, it was important to come out and get something and we did that.

“Any point against the top five or six teams in this division is probably a welcome point.

"We did well to keep pushing on after we equalised and we were trying to find the winner.

"It was a really good second-half performance.

“The results on Saturday didn’t really go for us but you can’t look too much at other people when you’re in a dogfight.

"You’ve got to look at yourself and concentrate on getting your own results and that’s what we’ll do.

“We’ll take the confidence from the second half and hopefully take it into the 90 minutes next Saturday.

Foster also heaped praise on substitute Victor Anichebe who kept his cool to level for the Baggies after being gifted the ball by Kolo Toure on the edge of the penalty area.

"Fair play to Victor, it’s still a tough finish when you’ve got that much time on your hands," the England stopper added.
"How on earth he [Toure] hasn’t managed to see the biggest guy in the world standing on the edge of the 18-yard box is beyond me!

“It is dead easy to rush it and screw it wide but it was a great finish from him."

Foster played down his own contribution to the draw and highlighted opposition keeper Simon Mignolet's second-half save from Gareth McAuley.

“I made some good saves but their keeper did as well. 

"The save he made from Gareth McAuley’s header from the corner was an incredible save.

“He’d got the sun beaming straight in his eyes, which makes it doubly difficult, but he got an incredibly strong hand to it and it’s times like those when you need to make big saves."