West Brom's Jason Davidson short of fitness

West Brom defender Jason Davidson says he is still short of fitness after admitting he let himself down in the Baggies’ defeat at Swansea City.

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The Australia man believes he and fellow left-back Sebastien Pocognoli will alternate this season, after Davidson replaced the injured Belgium international in the starting line-up at the Liberty Stadium.

Davidson, aged 23, made his first Premier League start in South Wales but disappointed in the 3-0 defeat.

He had impressed as a substitute seven days earlier at Southampton and making his first start in the Capital One Cup at home to Oxford United.

He said: "The thing that surprised me the most is that in the Premier League you are up against players who will test you to the limit for 90 minutes.

"Right now I am feeling the effects of not having a pre-season under my belt. After playing 120 minutes against Oxford in mid-week, I went into the game against Swansea a little short on fuel.

"Missing a pre-season didn't help and I am now just trying to catch up - being in camp now with Australia I will, hopefully, get a couple of games under my belt and pick up some match fitness.

"Against Swansea, I was disappointed in myself. My mind knew what I wanted to do but my body just wouldn't follow.

"That's just fatigue and while there are no excuses you can only give what your body allows - and the rest is out of your hands.

"It’s a sign that I need to get Premier League match fitness ASAP. Three's more pressure and intensity than in Holland because you have the best of the best.

"You can do well one week but you need to be able to do it consistently against some of the best players in the world."

Pocognoli had started the first two games of the season after figuring throughout pre-season but was injured late on at Southampton.

Davidson said: "During the season we will be be vying for the starting spot and with neither of us having Premier League experience, we'll be bouncing off each other.

"The club has signed two left-backs, because they need depth and neither of us is probably ready right now to play every game."

Meanwhile, West Brom’s Capital One Cup third-round tie at home to Hull will take place on Wednesday, September 24 (8pm).

Comments for: "West Brom's Jason Davidson short of fitness"

Captain Mardon International

At least the guy is honest.

youngand hungry

yes he is honest , but wouldn't you rather have a lier that could play football than honest bloke who can`t ,

I see he is fit enough to fly out . .

youngand hungry

don't worry skippy will be hoping round the pitch in no time .

TUT TUT

colindbaggie

Now your 'hoping',surely you meant 'hopping'.

Get back to spelling class now new term has started.

COYB.

youngand hungry

its just that I see the word HOPE that many times in boggies post I just forgot myself .

I bet he was hopping mad Saturday

TUT TUT

New Broseley Baggie 2

This kid looked good at the World Cup.Hopefully,once he settles in and gets match fit,he will be a good signing for us.Has to better than Popov.

youngand hungry

yes he did , I remember him well , he really stood out .

New Broseley Baggie 2

*BE better.Lack of practice on here !

THEGREENMAN

He will be a good back up to Pocognoli at LB, but could be used across the back line if necessary. Comes across as a level headed player who realises what he needs to do to succeed in the Premiership. Good on yer cobber !!

THEGREENMAN

ELDERVO

Never mind, the loan window opens soon, perhaps we could let you borrow Tony Daley for a while. lol.

UTW

baggy8oy

Not sure you guys have seen him in the flesh playing yet... He looks a class above all but Mulumbu & Berahino & makes Olsson look like he should be playing in the over 40's on a Sunday!... He's sharp & hungry & if he's not fit I'll eat my hat!... He needs to mature in premiership football is all, its understanding how to play the 95 mins without running around like a headless chicken.... If he gets better & matures he'll be off next season without a doubt, paying a nominal fee & then selling him on for £7-8m+ makes good business sense for Peace... not for us but for Peaces balance sheet for sure.... ATiD

With due respect, I should think he has a better idea of whether he's fully fit than we do.