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Watch | Nathan Jones' pre-West Brom press conference

18 February 2022

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Manager Nathan Jones is looking for a good response from his team when they face West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Defeat against Birmingham City ended a four-game unbeaten run in the Sky Bet Championship, but the manager was pleased to have a full week to work with his players in the middle of a hectic schedule.

"It has been the first week we’ve had in a while where we’ve actually been able to do some work. We’ve had a lot of games, a real good run and it culminated in a really disappointing performance on Saturday where we weren’t ourselves.

"I looked back at it and for 20 minutes they didn’t get near our goal, we were camped in our half and we didn’t take advantage of that and we didn’t do a few basic things right. We conceded, again nothing in the game, then we come out at half-time and shoot ourselves in the foot and the game is affectively dead after that."

Looking ahead to the weekend and the prospect of another tough game looms for his team, admitting: “West Brom are full of top Championship experience, top Championship players and players that have played in the Premier League.

“They’re always very, very competitive and good at this level, so we know it’ll be a tough game. Conditions on the weekend, we don’t know when the storm will clear so it’s going to be a barnstorming game.
“We’re confident going into every game. We’re not unrealistic. We give everyone due respect but we like testing ourselves against big sides. These are definitely a big and a good side, so it’s another test. We like playing at home, but we have to make sure that we prove that."

Nathan also spoke on the minute's applause that will take place in the 75th minute during Saturday's game to celebrate the life of Barry Lake.

“It is tragic news and we’re sad to hear that. Our thoughts go out to his family from everyone at the football club and the football staff, we know he was a fantastic supporter and it’s just really, really sad, the minutes applause will be fitting for a real good, sound and strong Hatter."

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