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Albion ready to tackle final lap of campaign

16 March 2015

Albion get jump start for remainder of season

ALBION ensured they would be in pole position for Saturday's game against Stoke City following a midweek motor racing blast.

With Tony Pulis’ full blessing, Craig Gardner rounded up the first-team players last week for a trip to a local karting circuit to try to lift spirits following two poor results.

Albion players were keen to keep the high octane outing under wraps, knowing that feelings were still running high following back-to-back defeats at Villa Park.

And Darren Fletcher explained the reasons for the 'race', which was held during the players’ free time following Wednesday morning’s training session.

The Throstles captain believes it was the ideal pick-me-up.

Albion got back to winning ways with a victory over Stoke, lifting them to 33 points.

After the game, Fletcher said: “We organised a go-karting event this week - and we went as a team.

“We gave ourselves a little lift but we tried to keep it quiet.

“No one was Tweeting about it, it was just for us as the lads.

“They were was hard to lose two games to Villa, especially the cup game. 

"We were very keen to keep it under wraps - we felt that was important.

"We didn’t want to show the world we doing it.

"And we didn’t want the fans to see us trying to do stuff like that straight after losing to Villa because it wasn’t like that at all.

"I felt the lads were really flat, and a few of us thought it’d be a good idea.

"We were trying to lift spirits. We wanted to forget about the Villa games and look towards the weekend.

"So we did that and I think it worked quite well."

While the eyes of the sporting world were on the opening round of the Formula One season in Australia on Sunday, Fletcher revealed that Albion's Grand Prix had a slightly dubious ending.

It seems the top three finishers had a slight advantage.

"The top three were Gards, Lescott and Berahino," added Fletcher.

"They were saying the Brummie lads did the business.

"Gards organised it and he definitely had the fastest car.

"But I think small things like that really help us.

"After Saturday's result maybe we should do it every week..."

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