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Myhill wants to carry on impressing

November 20, 2012
By David Instone

Goalkeeper Boaz Myhill says all he can do is continue trying to impress manager Steve Clarke after playing a starring role in the weekend's 2-1 win over Chelsea at the Hawthorns.

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Myhill, 30, must wait to see whether first-choice 'keeper Ben Foster recovers from minor groin surgery in time to be in contention for Saturday's Premier League game at Sunderland.

Foster, who played in 37 of the Baggies' 38 top-flight games last season and had been an ever-present this season until the last two games, is due to step up training this week.

But California-born Myhill staked a strong claim of his own for inclusion with some outstanding saves against the Blues.

"All I can do now is train every day and hopefully impress Steve Clarke," he said. "It's the best league in the world, played in the best stadiums... it's unbelievable playing in front of these crowds.

"Everybody wants to play every week, but I have the same opportunity as Ben.

"Beating Chelsea made it a great day for the club. The energy from the supporters was massive, and they helped us over the line."

He said the Baggies had "a good group of keepers", adding: "It's a joy to come in and have that camaraderie. Everyone would rather play a part, but it gets harder every year with the way things are going here."

Myhill added to the chorus of approval that followed a match-winning contribution by Shane Long, who scored the first goal and made the winner.

"He put in an unbelievable performance," he said. "I have never seen anyone work as hard as he does, ever.

"He never gives anyone an easy clearance or pass. He's a great signing and will continue to get better. He makes good balls out of balls that aren't the best."

But the Welsh international drew on his experiences as a Hull City player to warn his Baggies colleagues to keep their feet on the ground.

"I have played in teams who have had unbelievable starts but then couldn't buy a point later," he said. "You just have to carry on and not take your eye off the ball."