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Alan Irvine: West Brom started so badly

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West Brom boss Alan Irvine admitted his side failed to recover from a nightmare start as they went down 3-0 at a rampant Swansea City.

Alan Irvine reacts to West Brom's Premier League defeat at Swansea City away from home in this interview above.

Albion were 1-0 down after 88 seconds at the Liberty Stadium and caved in twice more as they slid to the first league defeat of Irvine's reign.

Nathan Dyer netted twice, either side of a stunner from Wayne Routledge. Jonas Olsson's slip handed Dyer the opener and the Baggies responded with a dismal display.

Irvine said: "It couldn't have been a worst start. You spend a week trying to get ready for the game, develop a game plan and then somebody slips.

"That can't be legislated for. It makes what would have been a tough game an even tougher one. We certainly rocked by that and gave the ball away too cheaply, especially in the final third.

"When things were looking like they might settle down we made another mistake.

"Before you know it you're 2-0 down and you're standing on the side desperate for half-time to come because we needed to get in, regroup and help the players mentally, and make some adjustments.

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"Full marks to the players because they responded well to that half-time break and made fewer unforced errors, kept the ball better and created some chances.

"Psychologically it's difficult to react in the right way to that kind of start. There were only two changes from the Southampton game.

"But when somebody slips what can you do about that?

"It gave Swansea a boost.

"We spent the time in the dressing room prior to the game talking about how important a good start was – and we got the worst possible start.

"Having got back into the game we then made another error that was very costly."

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