Rivalry keeping West Brom sharp, says Ben Foster

West Bromwich Albion favourite Ben Foster today claimed a fierce fight for places is helping to keep standards high at The Hawthorns.

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The Baggies keeper believes the battle between Shane Long and Romelu Lukaku for a starting spot is typical of the competition that is keeping Steve Clarke’s men on their toes.

On-loan Lukaku was surprisingly preferred to leading scorer Long at Newcastle on Sunday and responded with a goal and a bright performance in the 2-1 defeat.

And Foster said: “We’ve got competition all over the pitch. There’s not one position that’s guaranteed and that’s fantastic for the team because you know if you’re not performing at 100 per cent there is somebody waiting to take the position off you.

“That means everybody raises their standards even more. But we get on so well as a team, we’ve got a great team spirit, and that’s down to type of the people we bring in.”

Lukaku bagged his third Premier League goal in just his second start at the weekend and Foster paid tribute to the 19-year-old Belgium international, who recovered from two first-half misses to head his side level.

“He is a handful,” said Foster. “You know he will always get on the end of chances and I don’t think we can even say he missed those chances in the first half. ”

Albion hope that Claudio Yacob will shake off a hamstring problem to face Southampton on Monday but Foster has hailed the midfielders who filled in for the Argentine at Newcastle.

“I don’t think you can cover Claudio because he has been absolutely immense,” said Foster. “We did miss him but the lads that came in did well.”

* Young defender James Hurst has returned to Albion after Birmingham decided not to extend his loan.

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Jack ♣ Hat.

Ben,

Good spirited battles for places in the team help the club as a whole to aim higher. These vibes are picked up by fans and augurs well for the future, a happy club is a successful club. Dorrans is ploughing his way towards his best form after a torrid time personally. Having the right type of friends at work has obviously helped his spirits for example. When ALBION win it raises the spirit of the whole of West Bromwich and our supporters everywhere.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

We got solbakken the club

Rivalry keeping West Brom sharp, says Ben Foster, and that's just the fans !

Don't ever sign for Real Mallorca Ben, they proper nasty over there mate. God forbid if Rocket does another one of his infamous motivational speeches , you know, the ones that are supposed to rally the troops, don't do it gaffa, it'll get boring with just you ,me and the growler Hat on here everyday. You've mastered lords my shepherd, now try the bit about love thy neighbour, then again don't bother, the entertainment on here is nothing short of sensational......BTW, watch your P & Q,s when you reply Rocket in case the cartels Spanish section don't like it, you ain't to old for a rollockin you know.......

Au revoir our kid...

Jack ♣ Hat.

Sobackinthechampionship,

I have some good news for you. Mad Mick and Clipboard Connor have signed on as Ipswich N/o 1 & 2. Now you have plenty in common with them, you can go on their site now, being as there is nothing going on at your club only bickering. All the best and have a good time over there.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

jacks mate.

Stop making saft comment. Has your brain gone to sleep again?