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Foster on Chelsea defeat and bouncing back

11 December 2016

Baggies host Swansea at The Hawthorns on Wednesday (ko 8pm)

BEN Foster reacted to Albion's narrow 1-0 defeat against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The Baggies fell to a second-half finish from Diego Costa as the Premier League leaders finally broke their resistance.

Albion proved a match for their high-flying hosts, who failed to seriously trouble Foster and Tony Pulis' well-organised side until the game's solitary goal in the 76th minute.

Defeat ended Albion's four-match unbeaten run but they will be looking to bounce straight back on Wednesday at home to Swansea, against whom Craig Dawson will be suspended having collected his fifth booking of the season.


Speaking afterwards, goalkeeper Foster reflected on an ultimately frustrating afternoon in west London.

Foster on Albion's disappointment at coming away with nothing...
"We felt we probably could have scored a goal or two. I thought, in fairness, I know they had a lot of possession but we probably had the better chances in the game.
"It's unfortunate that Gareth's made a mistake at the end but he's big enough to hold his hands up. 
"But you can never blame Gareth, he's been absolutely amazing for us this season, as he has been for the past few seasons as well.
"So no blame, we'll lick out wounds and go away a little bit disappointed. But we did really well, to be fair."

Foster on creating chances, particularly in the first half...
"We did. I thought even in the second half we had a couple of better than half-chances but we just couldn't find the back of the net.
"There were times when we'd find ourselves under sustained pressure but we dealt with it really well, we genuinely didn't feel like we were going to let a goal in until we did."

Foster on losing Craig Dawson to suspension against Swansea...
"Daws has been fantastic for us. He's made that right-back position his own. He's very efficient and effective at what he does.
"Whoever we do bring in, though, I know they'll do brilliantly. Whoever comes in, I'm sure we've got the personnel to deal with it."

Foster on back-to-back home games...
"Obviously the Swansea game on Wednesday is a big one for us, that's the one we want to get the three points from.
"And then the Manchester United game is at home after that, we can beat anyone on our day."


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