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Defender Dawson signs new West Brom deal

Craig Dawson
Craig Dawson eyes the ball. Credit: PA

Craig Dawson has signed a new three-year deal with West Brom that will keep him at the club until 2017.

The 24-year-old centre back has started all six of Albion's league matches and claimed his first goal for the club in the 4-0 win over Burnley on Sunday.

Craig was very unsettled when I first arrived in the summer but we as a club were never interested in selling him.

We felt he had the potential to be a top centre-back and once he got his head settled and knew he wasn't going anywhere he started to put in very good performances.

His level of consistency has kept him in the team despite having our top international centre-backs breathing down his neck.

– Baggies boss Alan Irvine

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Clarke: West Brom sacked me too soon

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Clarke was stunned by his dismissal. Credit: PA

Former West Brom boss Steve Clarke believes the Baggies sacked him too soon.

The Scot was axed by the club in December 2013 after a poor start to the season, but feels he deserved more time.

"I know I was moved on before my time because the crowd didn't have the chance to get on my back and give me stick. When that happens you know you have maybe gone a little bit early," Clarke told talkSPORT.

"In the space of two weeks we lost four matches and with no warning or nothing from above to say 'Look, you've got a couple of games to turn in around Steve', suddenly I was out of the door. it was quite a strange feeling."

Irvine relieved and pleased with welcome win at Tottenham

Alan Irvine
West Brom boss Alan Irvine. Credit: PA

Eyebrows were raised when Alan irvine was named Pepe Mel's successor at West Brom in the summer, with the Baggies' alarming start to the season exacerbating fans' concerns. But a deserved 1-0 win at Tottenham will have afforded Irvine some much-needed breathing room.

"Watching Match of the Day last night, the table didn't look very nice," Irvine said of the pressure on him.

"When you've got a game in hand, it does not necessarily mean you're going to get the points from that game, especially when you are coming to White Hart Lane.

"I suppose I would be lying if I said there wasn't an element of relief, but the over-riding emotion is one of real pleasure for the players, for the club as a whole, everybody involved and, of course, for our fans. I am more pleased than relieved."

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Foster plays down injury worries

West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster has played down surgery fears after suffering a fractured thumb.

Foster was forced to return from England duty during the recent international break due to the injury but believes he can cope with the problem with the aid of pain-killing jabs.

There was a little bit of bone that I chipped off it in training, which is a little bit unfortunate.

Hopefully I won't need surgery. I am managing it pretty well and getting some injections in it to kill the pain, so it's fine.

It is the way it is and I just have to hope it heals itself.

I'm hopeful it will and the doctors are as well, so that's that.

– Ben Foster Birmingham Mail

Lescott closes on Baggies bow

Defender Joleon Lescott is edging closer to making his West Brom debut after coming through 90 minutes of a friendly.

The 32-year-old has had a knee injury which has prevented him appearing for the club he joined as a free agent in the summer following his release by Manchester City.

Lescott returned from a week working with fitness specialists in the United States to feature in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Hull, watched by head coach Alan Irvine.

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