West Brom news

Clarke: Swans win was lucky

March 10, 2013
By ESPN staff

West Brom manager Steve Clarke has admitted his side were fortunate to claim a 2-1 win over Swansea on Saturday after Swans substitute Roland Lamah had a late goal incorrectly ruled out for offside.

Premier League
AssociatedSteve Clarke has impressed in charge of the Baggies

• Blog: Albion end Swans hoodoo

Lamah found the net in the 87th minute to bring things level at 2-2, but it was pulled back for offside, although the ball appeared to hit West Brom defender Gareth McAuley before it fell into the path of the midfielder.

Clarke refused to concede his side were lucky to take all three points, suggesting West Brom deserved the win despite Swansea's disallowed goal.

"We got a lucky break but sometimes when you put in the effort, energy and quality we did into that game," Clarke said. "I think we earned that little break. We deserved to win the game. Don't be writing down that we didn't deserve to win the game.

"I'm delighted because we came from behind. We don't do it very often and in the Premier League there are not too many teams that can do it. When you go behind in this league, it is difficult - especially against a team with the quality of Swansea.''

The Baggies claimed their ninth win from 15 matches at the Hawthorns this season, with just four wins on the road.

"For the confidence of our players and the enthusiasm of the group to attack the last nine games, it was important we got three points at home," Clarke told Sky Sports.

"It is nine victories at home this year. There are not too many other teams in the league who have won nine games at home. Hopefully the supporters enjoyed the game and the occasion and they go home happy tonight."

The visitors were handed a lifeline in the 56th minute when Michael Vorm saved Romelu Lukaku's penalty, but Swansea boss Michael Laudrup was left bemused by the Lamah decision.

"Since I came in last summer, I have always said referees have one or two seconds to make up their minds – like today with the penalty," Laudrup said. "Then we can watch it two or three times, we can say if it was or was not a penalty and we can discuss it.

"But what I do not understand is our disallowed goal. That is not a decision in football, it is a rule. You can never be offside if you receive the ball from an opponent.

"Frustration is when you see a disallowed goal like this, because someone, obviously, I do not know, they do not know the rules, or whatever."