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Fletcher: We all must take responsibility

1 October 2015

Fletcher on Everton reverse and Palace opportunity

ALBION captain Darren Fletcher fronted up to media after Monday’s bitterly disappointing setback against Everton.

Saido Berahino and Craig Dawson put the Baggies into a two-goal lead only for the Toffees to hit back immediately before going on to inflict a dramatic 3-2 defeat. 

Reflecting on a frustrating night at The Hawthorns, an honest Fletcher said…

“We work very hard on our defence, we pride ourselves on clean sheets, and to lose three goals after being two-nil up is not like us.

“We’ve got to look at ourselves, everyone, the whole team, and take responsibility for that defeat.

“Things are always said when you lose games and that’s important, you’ve got to realise these things can’t happen and it’s not acceptable.

“It shouldn’t happen and if you just let games like this pass by then people think it’s taken lightly and it’s not taken lightly. 

“So things are said, it stays in the dressing room, and we try to make each other better and realise this cannot happen at this level.”

The Baggies now travel to Selhurst Park on Saturday (12.45pm ko) looking to get back on track against Crystal Palace.

And Baggies skipper Fletcher added:

“There’s always games to bounce back and our away form has been good, so let’s go and try to continue that.

“We had a good win at Crystal Palace last season.

“It’s the Premier League, you’ve got to brush off disappointment. 

“As I said at the beginning of the season, it’s important to stay at a level keel throughout – when you get good results don’t get too carried away and if you have bad results don’t get too low.

“Confidence is important so we’ll keep level-headed and pick ourselves up quickly and prepare for Palace.”

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