West Brom 0 Southampton 1: Steve Clarke unhappy with ‘soft’ penalty
West Brom 0 Southampton 1: Steve Clarke felt the Saints received a "soft" penalty from which Rickie Lambert converted
Steve Clarke admitted he was disappointed with Southampton’s “soft” penalty after Rickie Lambert’s spot-kick secured victory for the Saints at West Bromwich Albion.
The Baggies appeared to be heading towards a stalemate in their opening Premier League fixture at the Hawthorns with Saints forward Jay Rodriguez hitting the crossbar in the game’s best chance.
But the visitors were handed the opportunity to steal three points when Youssouf Mulumbu was adjudged to have fouled Saints defender Luke Shaw in the penalty area on the stroke of full-time.
And Southampton captain Lambert, who scored on his England debut on Wednesday, capped the perfect week with a confident finish past West Brom shot stopper Ben Foster.
“To lose to a really soft decision makes it extra disappointing. There’s no doubt in my mind. It was a very, very soft decision,” Clarke told BBC Sport.
The West Brom boss has already signed former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka, Matej Vydra and Diego Lugano this summer but Clarke hopes to make a number of further additions before the transfer window closes.
“The fans will go away and they’ll be disappointed with me and the team,” he added.
“They know they have a quality player in Nicolas Anelka. I’ll think about that (making new signings) more tomorrow. Today is all about disappointment.”