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Clarke - Equiliser Knocked The Stuffing Out Of Us

Steve Clarke has said the uncharacteristic error by Ben Foster, giving Liverpool their equiliser tonight, just knocked the stuffing out of the team and we weren't able to get our grip back on the game.

Speaking to wba.co.uk after the unexpected 2-1 loss to a very young and inexperienced Liverpool (who I have to say despite that, look like they have some genuine talent coming through the ranks!), Steve Clarke said.

'We said we'd have a go and we certainly started that way. I think their goal sort of knocked the stuffing out of us a little bit. I don't know why, maybe it was because it was such a soft goal to lose. The second half was much better and could've gone either way. If I look at the first 30 minutes it's an opportunity missed. If I look at the rest of the game, no it's not an opportunity missed.'

In a lot of ways it is though because we had enough experience out there on the pitch to panic their youngsters, but we just didn't stamp our authority on it in the way you'd have expected.

Maybe we underestimated them, maybe we tried too hard and made mistakes on the back of it?

Many expected Liverpool to go stronger and we were still confident, so this is a bit gutting.

Commenting on the second goal Clarke talks about a potential offside, and it did look like it. Highlights show will no doubt show whether it was or not.

Clarke also rightly puts no blame at the feet of Foster.

'It's unusual for Ben. It's not even worth discussion, it doesn't happen often and we move on.'

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Date:Thursday September 27 2012

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