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Garner: Focus remains on fitness

31 July 2016

First team coach reacts to Home Park stalemate

BEN Garner insists Albion’s focus remains on fitness rather than results following yesterday’s 0-0 draw at Plymouth.

The Baggies gained invaluable minutes on the pitch but left Home Park frustrated by a determined Argyle rear-guard.  

And the club’s first team coach admits Tony Pulis’ players must sharpen their skills in front of goal ahead of the opening day trip to Crystal Palace on August 13.  

“It was frustrating in front of goal but the most important thing at this point is the fitness levels,” said Garner.

“The players’ attitude and application was very good and we can fine tune their game in front of goal over the next two weeks.

“Once we have the fitness levels where we want them we can polish the rest before the first game of the season.

“We’ll keep working hard but we also need to prepare for the Palace game so we can hit the ground running.

“We got what we wanted from the game. We came through it with no injuries and good minutes under the belt. 

“We’ve been training hard so we expect the players to be a bit leggy in front of goal at this stage.”

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