Andrews - We must bounce back

Midfielder looking for an immediate return to winning ways

Keith Andrews: Hoping for a response from his team against Wigan on Saturday

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West Brom's Keith Andrews is looking for an instant response from his team following Sunday's 2-0 Premier League defeat to Manchester United.

United ended a run of three successive wins for Roy Hodgson's side as Wayne Rooney scored both goals at Old Trafford, including a penalty conceded by Andrews.

This was Andrews' first loss since joining the Midlands club on transfer deadline day, but the former Blackburn Rovers midfielder is eager to get back to winning ways.


Andrews told the Birmingham Mail: "I don't think we were quite at it for certain parts of the United game, as a team we were a little bit disjointed in certain areas.

"We didn't string passes together as well as we have been doing and, when we finally got the ball to Marc (Antoine-Fortune) up front, the midfield was 30 or 40 yards behind him. Having said all that, we certainly didn't disgrace ourselves."

He continued: "If United play anywhere near the level they are capable of, nine times out of ten, they are going to win. We were also down to ten men for the last half-hour and I gave away a cheap penalty.

"But we're still not looking down the table. We're looking to get straight back on the bike against Wigan, carrying on where left off against Chelsea."


West Brom face a difficult trip to Wigan on Saturday with Jonas Olsson serving a suspension for his dismissal at Old Trafford but, despite this, Andrews is happy with the level of confidence in his squad.

He said: "It was great to play at Old Trafford and, if I'm being honest, it's the first time I've played there and I expected to get something. We've been playing so well, and confidence was so high, that we felt we could get some points."

"If we had played at the level we have maintained recently, we may have got something. But I don't think we did that and United played well on the day."

The Republic of Ireland international felt the Premier League champions were a class apart and knew his team were always going to find it difficult.

Class act

The 31 year-old said: "I was bitterly disappointed but we have to be realistic as well - we were playing a fantastic side. I thought we played well at times and contained them well throughout. But they're a class act and it was very difficult for us.

"United were patient in their build-up and, as they wore us down, they made good passes, got through our midfield and defence and caused us real problems."