Monday 11 December 2017

We need to be ruthless, says Shane Long after West Brom let City off hook

Damian Spellman

WEST Brom striker Shane Long has urged his team-mates to develop a ruthless streak after seeing a famous victory slip from their grasp.

The Baggies led Premier League champions Manchester City 1-0 through Ireland frontman's 67th-minute strike at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

However City, who had England midfielder James Milner dismissed after just 23 minutes, levelled and then snatched victory with a late double from substitute Edin Dzeko three weeks after Steve Clarke's men had been denied a derby victory at Aston Villa by Darren Bent's 80th-minute equaliser.

Long said: "The crowd were getting behind us and we really felt like we could win the game. That is the confidence we have in the squad at the moment.

"But at the same time, we have probably got to learn from these situations. We probably should have won at Villa and didn't see it out, and it was the same on Saturday.

"But at least we lost in the right way, trying to win the game and taking the game to them.

"There aren't many teams that will take points off Manchester City this season."

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