John McCormick writes: I wondered when we’d get a message from our chief coach as, at ten past five, when I was putting the finishing touches to Pete’s “seven”, the TV showed PDC standing on the pitch at the Hawthorns talking to the fans. What did he say? I don’t know. But here’s what he sent to our leader not an hour later:
We dominated the game for 20 minutes but then West Brom scored from their first real attack and from there we lost our belief.
The Premier League is a very tough league and very unforgiving, we were punished today and it is tough to take.
When we did create a chance to get back into the game
but luck was against us. Steven Fletcher got injured and we could now be without him for a few weeks.
I couldn’t have imagined this start, I knew it would be difficult but we have to keep going.
I will never give up, we have to remain professional and keep working hard.
I need to see fighting spirit from my players.
Tuesday’s game is crucial, we need a lift ahead of the game with Liverpool and we want to progress in the cup.
It’s a Champions League final for us – we need to get a boost and build our confidence up.
All the best,
Paolo Di Canio
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