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Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Clarke give Myhill backing

Ian Edwards

Steve Clarke has launched a staunch defence of second-choice goalkeeper Boaz Myhill insisting he has the full support of everyone at West Bromwich Albion as the club bid for a fifth successive win at Swansea City.

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Myhill will continue to deputise for Ben Foster, as the former England goalkeeper recovers from a second groin operation which is likely to sideline him for two weeks, despite criticism from certain quarters for his performance in Albion's 4-2 win over Sunderland on Saturday.

The Welsh international's confidence and handling ability was called into question from TV analysts at The Stadium of Light, but Clarke admits he remains baffled by the negative comments as Albion look to maintain their surprise place in the Premier League top three.

Clarke insists Myhill was not at fault for either of the two goals his side conceded, saying: "I was not aware that Boaz was criticised for his performance against Sunderland and I am not sure what they criticised him about.

"The first goal had a massive deflection off the wall, he was wrong-footed. He couldn't get it. He made a fantastic reaction save on the second goal and his defenders let him down because they didn't react to the second ball."

Foster will be missing this evening and possibly for the following two games against Stoke City and Arsenal and Clarke believes Myhill has all the mental strength and confidence to help Albion stay in the Champions League places.

"I'm not sure why they would want to criticise him, maybe to put pressure on the boy, but I know Boaz can handle the pressure, no problem." Clarke added. "He's been great and he's only been great because he works ever so hard in training, to be ready for his chance, and you can see, what I can see, that he's getting his rewards."

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