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Darren Fletcher reflects on Saints draw...

14 September 2015

Baggies on five points after first five games

CAPTAIN Darren Fletcher spoke after Saturday's 0-0 draw against Southampton at The Hawthorns.

Here's what he had to say

On the match...

“You’re always disappointed to draw at home but we didn’t create enough chances really.
“We had a couple of good chances but not enough.
“Southampton are a good team who keep the ball very well, and on a really hot day the tempo was slow and they kept it very well.
“We eliminated them.
“It was a disappointing game all round but it’s a decent point because they’re a good side."

On Albion's penalty claim...

“From where I was it looked like a penalty.
“I’m not sure whether there was contact but it looked like the boy dived in at Callum (McManaman) and Callum knocked the ball past him.
“I’m not sure how much contact there was but in live play it very much looked like a penalty to me."

On Jonny Evans' debut...

“He’s not had much football and he played back-to-back games for Northern Ireland so he had a bit of a tight calf.
“I thought he was fantastic. He led the defence, he looked composed and I’m sure he is going to get even better.
“He’s a fantastic player, a good leader, a big voice on the pitch and he’s a fantastic signing for us, so hopefully he can go on and make a name for himself here and play for a number of years."

On Saido Berahino...

“He is a good lad and he’s well liked in the dressing room.
“He trains really hard and he’s got an ambition to be a top player.
“He is determined to do well, he always wants the ball.
“I have had a word to him and we’ll keep that private and the lads have given him a bit of stick.
“Sometimes that’s the best way because it takes away the tension.
“Somebody comes in and has a little bit of a go at him and a little bit of banter and I’m sure he feels like one of the lads again, which he very much is.
“I think a couple of the older lads have maybe tried to help him but there has not been anyone having a go.
“It’s like we’ve tried to do since we’ve been here, trying to educate him and help him.
“Young players make mistakes and it’s all about learning from them.
“A lot of the lads have given him some banter and all-in-all it’s a good dressing room.
“A lot of lads have pulled him in the right direction and if we feel, or I feel personally, that Saido is not pulling in the right direction then he will be told but that’s not the case just now.
“He’s been fantastic."

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