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'Horse' is chomping at the bit

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By Oliver Bhurrut


GARY Megson saluted Geoff Horsfield for grasping his chance to stake a claim
for a starting berth with both hands in Albion's 3-1 defeat at Newcastle.

The Baggies boss partnered Kanu and Robert Earnshaw in attack for the second successive Premiership clash.

But after a goalless first half, Ł3million record buy Earnshaw made way for
the 'Horse' who capped an industrious performance with an 87th-minute
consolation goal to add to his midweek Carling Cup strike at Colchester.

"I put Geoff on as he's been chomping at the bit because he's not been in
the team and I just felt we needed a little bit more drive up front," said
Megson.

"People have to accept we've got a stronger squad and bench now than we've ever had and when they get their chance they've got to take it."

Megson also countered suggestions the Black Country club travelled to St
James' Park with defence in mind by insisting it was the Magpies' pressure
which, at times, pinned his men back.

He added: "We're not sitting back and we're not playing defensively.

"I saw Graeme Souness' notes before the game which said he thought we would come and sit deep to frustrate.

"But that's not what we intended to do.

"When we saw they'd gone with a diamond formation, rather than playing Craig Bellamy out wide, we matched them.

"But we needed to spring from that system when we got the opportunity and we didn't take it.

"Whether we're at home or away, we're not playing formations aimed at just
sitting back and soaking up pressure. We didn't do that at Newcastle, at
Liverpool or anywhere.

"We do have to accept at times we're playing against good sides who will
push you back - but it certainly wasn't intended today."

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Horsfield: We're beginning to gel
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GEOFF Horsfield believes Albion's new-look Premiership side is beginning to click into place after Saturday's first win of the season against Bolton.


The Baggies striker was recalled to the starting XI after capping an impressive second-half display against Newcastle nine days ago with a goal.


And despite the absence of suspended duo Neil Clement and Darren Purse, plus injured pair Paul Robinson and Jason Koumas, Gary Megson's men extended their unbeaten home run to four games.


"It was a vitally important win. There was us, Norwich and Crystal Palace without a win so we needed those three points," said Horsfield.


"We rode our luck with a bit of pressure in the last ten minutes which we knew we would get but I thought we thoroughly deserved it.


"Bolton weren't fourth for nothing. They're a good, big, physical side with some quality players.


"People were saying it wasn't the time to play Bolton because they were flying but we adapted ourselves and got our game plan correct.


"We know we've got a good enough side to stay up as the chairman's given the gaffer money to spend.


"We've signed quality players like Kanu, Jonathan Greening, Martin Albrechtsen and Zoltan Gera.


"But even though we're buying players like that, we've still got to work hard and stick together.


"We knew it was going to be a physical battle against Bolton but we played well collectively, which we needed, and got a little bit of luck."


The former Fulham and Blues hot-shot is now urging the fans to turn The Hawthorns into a fortress in Albion's bid for Premiership survival.


And he again reiterated how strongly unified the Baggies dressing room is as the Black Country club became the first of the three promoted sides to get a win this season.


"I was watching TV on Saturday morning and someone was saying there was this bad feeling in the dressing room," Albion's Ł1million man added.


"But I can vouch it's one of the best dressing rooms I've been in - and I've been in some good ones at Birmingham and Fulham.


"All the lads are behind each other and we just needed that win. Maybe it will shut a few people up and silence the critics who have been trying to get on our backs.


"If we had got two or three wins nobody would have talked about it. They would have been saying how well West Brom were doing.


"All the pundits and some of the reporters are getting on the back of us, Norwich and Palace, saying we're not going to stay up, but we've got to try and prove them wrong.


"The gaffer said to us win a couple of games and we'll move into the top six or seven - that's as daft as it is - but if we get beaten in the next couple of games we'll be struggling.


"It's going to be hard going to places like Old Trafford and Highbury so we've got to turn The Hawthorns into a fortress.


"We've got a fantastic set of fans and we've got to get them behind us 100 per cent."

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