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Shan: West Ham defeat will help us refocus

8 December 2015

Baggies beaten for first time since March on Monday night

ALBION Under-21 boss James Shan believes their first league defeat since March, 30, will help refocus his side.

The Baggies were beaten 2-1 by West Ham at Rush Green on Monday night, a result which ended their 14-game unbeaten run in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League division two.

After starting the season with three straight victories, Albion’s form has since stuttered and they have won just two of their last seven matches.

Shan admits they didn’t deserve anything from the clash with the Hammers and explained that they must go back to the drawing board to if they are to start performing to their maximum once more.

He said: “West Ham have performed better than us during the two games that we have had against them.

“Our performance wasn’t at the level that we know we are capable of, and that has been the case in a few of our matches recently.

“We were very poor in the first-half both tactically and when we had possession.

“Not enough of our boys were willing to get on the ball and look to control things, which is a West Bromwich Albion trait.

“We were better in the second-half and had a more organised shape as well as a purpose about us.

“It’s obviously disappointing to concede such a late goal, but on reflection the boys may need that defeat to refocus themselves.

“Our performances recently haven’t been as good as they could have been and maybe we need to go back to the drawing board.”

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