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Foster: “It’s tough to take”

27 December 2016

Goalkeeper reflects on Boxing Day defeat

BEN Foster admitted the 1-0 loss to Arsenal on Boxing Day was “tough to take.”

Olivier Giroud’s header in the 86th minute proved to be the killer blow to Albion’s brave resistance against the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium.

Foster, fresh from penning a new deal at the club, had earlier produced some incredible saves to frustrate the hosts who struggled to break down a determined Baggies back-line.

And the No.1 said losing any game in the final few moments is always disappointing.

“It’s tough to take,” said Foster.

“They were the better team and had a lot more chances and possession than us.

“Saying that, to lose any game in the last three or four minutes is always hard to take.

“Giroud is a good, strong player and it was a good header so fair play to him.

“The result reads 1-0 and we have to take it and get on with it.

“You get to the last five minutes of any game and you’d like to think that you could shut it out.

“When you come to a place like the Emirates and it’s still 0-0 after 85 minutes you’d be really happy.

“In the end though we have lost the game and that’s really disappointing.

“We showed good spirit and discipline to keep them out before then.”

Albion’s stopper was left understandably deflated but was keen to look ahead to the trip to Southampton on New Year’s Eve. 

“It would have been lovely to get a bit of a Christmas bonus on Boxing Day but it just wasn’t meant to be.

“We have a big game coming up at Southampton next week and we have to be ready for that.”



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