Watson: Tommy not to blame
By Nick Hatton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Steve Watson has backed Tomasz Kuszczak to bounce back.
West Brom defender Steve Watson has backed goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak to bounce back from his White Hart Lane nightmare.
Kuszczak's last-minute howler handed Tottenham the penalty which condemned them to an undeserved 2-1 defeat on Monday night, but Watson believes the Pole keeper's contribution this season has been vital in their battle against relegation.
"Tomasz doesn't need anyone to tell him what he should have done," Watson told the Birmingham Evening Mail.
"We're at the stage of the season where we have to stick together. He's saved us a lot of points this season. It was a mistake and we move on."
Kuszczak has produced a number of fine performances since taking over from the injured Chris Kirkland, including a sensational last-minute save from Jason Roberts to earn the Baggies three points at Wigan.
"It's vital we don't make an issue of it because he got us three points at Wigan and has had a great season - yesterday was just one mistake," Watson said.
"We will all get behind Tommy. He didn't mean to do it and no one will pick him out."
Monday's defeat left Albion still deep in relegation trouble, and with them more than matching Spurs throughout the 90 minutes, the manner of the defeat made it all the more difficult for the defender to accept.
"It feels like a battering - like we've been done 7-0.
"The coach was a morgue on the way back, but we have our togetherness and we have to take positives.
"It's crazy because we were playing well and passing the ball around well when we gave the goal away. The defeat hurts but we have Liverpool on Saturday so we can't feel sorry for ourselves - we have to get on with it.
"At 1-1 with that amount of time left, it was a huge point for us, so it's a huge kick in the teeth."