Robson denies Richardson factor

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Bryan Robson insists West Brom's disappointing start to the new campaign has nothing to do with the club's failure to re-sign Kieran Richardson.

The England midfielder proved to be a key player at The Hawthorns last season, whilst on-loan from Old Trafford, helping The Baggies maintain their Premiership status.

Robson had been keen to acquire the player's services again this term but Richardson instead elected to stake his claim for a regular starting berth in Manchester.

Richardson's decision has since been vindicated as a serious injury to Gabriel Heinze has meant regular football for the 20-year-old, albeit in an alien position at left back.

Whilst some supporters have used the absence of Richardson as an explanation for their poor form, Robson is adamant that this is not the case.

"The team shouldn't miss one player. Kieran Richardson was a great influence on us because he had a lot of pace and was an aggressive lad,'' said Robson.

"It's been well-documented I was keen to bring him back to Albion for another spell.

"But I should be able to find one player in my squad who can match his qualities even if maybe they are not as good.

"One player doesn't win you a football match. It is a group effort and the individual errors we have conceded, Kieran Richardson couldn't have done anything about them.

"We would have still conceded the same sort of soft goals and that is what we have got to cut out if we are to climb the table."