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STEVEN REID: Liam Ridgewell went to a Justin Bieber gig… he didn't even have the excuse of taking his kids – he went with one of the other West Brom lads!

PUBLISHED:

10:01 GMT, 11 March 2013

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UPDATED:

10:16 GMT, 11 March 2013

Steven Reid

Steven Reid is the kind of player everyone wants in their team. He played on with a fractured leg at the Emirates this season and took it upon himself to thrash things out with Peter Odemwingie following the striker's decision to drive to QPR on transfer deadline day. He has just celebrated his 32nd birthday and is now hoping his West Brom team can qualify for Europe… even if some of his team-mates are going to Justin Bieber concerts. Before you read his Footballers' Football Column, watch his video…

Footballer's Football Column: Steven Reid, West Brom

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I didn't know it at the time that I was playing with a broken leg against Arsenal. It happened after about 10 minutes when our keeper, Boaz Myhill, cleaned me out. I knew straightaway that I had a problem. His knee has hit my knee, which was my first concern.

I was struggling for the rest of the half. Then a penalty was given against me (following a 'tackle' on Santi Cazorla) and in my own head at least I thought: 'There's no way I'm coming off now.'

When you have just given a penalty away
and then you come off… you want to stay on the pitch and turn it
around, especially with 60,000 people watching you.

Taking a tumble: Santi Cazorla (19) goes down after a challenge from Steven Reid

Taking a tumble: Santi Cazorla (19) goes down after a challenge from Steven Reid

Penalty: Arsenal are awarded a penalty after Cazorla goes down after a challenge by Reid, who was playing with a fractured leg

Penalty: Arsenal are awarded a penalty after Cazorla goes down after a challenge by Reid, who was playing with a fractured leg

I didn't have anything done at half-time. I was too annoyed about the penalty decision. I went out in the second half and, to be honest, it didn't really affect me too much. I wasn't that conscious of it.

But for two days afterwards, I couldn't walk on it.

I went for an X-ray which didn't show up anything. Then I had a scan and that shows the bone in greater definition and it came up as a fracture and I ended up being five or six weeks out.

Failed move: Peter Odemwingie could not secure his transfer away from West Brom on deadline day

Failed move: Peter Odemwingie could not secure his transfer away from West Brom on deadline day

Starting out: Reid played for Millwall alongside Tim Cahill and Neil Harris in 2001

Starting out: Reid played for Millwall alongside Tim Cahill and Neil Harris in 2001

Irish eyes: Reid won 23 caps for the Republic of Ireland

Irish eyes: Reid won 23 caps for the Republic of Ireland

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Obviously when you are out for that long, you get the chance to watch a few games and
I went and sat with the West Brom fans at Wigan. I was under cover, a
big woolly hat covering my face, a big coat on. I was trying to keep
under the radar.

You don't
get to sit with the supporters too often, going to a game as a fan, it
gives you a different perspective. I didn't sing along with the songs –
but then I also shied away from giving the players a bit of stick.

I have played in different positions over my career, but I consider myself a right back now.
I'd like to think I could do a job in midfield if there was an injury
crisis but I feel that I have developed that side of my play.

Roy Hodgson was good for us, he did wonders for us. I was learning the defensive side of my game under him. I'm happy to play there.

Since the time I've been here the club has evolved and pushed forwards, that is why we are doing so well. They are getting a better quality of player, the right sort of player.

For example, G-Mac (Gareth McAuley) has been sensational since he arrived. He trains every day the way he plays every game – especially coming from the Championship because he hadn't played much Premier League football.

There are a few lads who have been here for a long time – such as James Morrison – he's arguably our player of the season.
The scouting department isn't going to go out and spend massive money
but we have brought in Claudio Yacob on a free. He's a tough
Argentine, a good character.

And then you have got the likes of Liam Ridgewell…he went to see Justin Bieber the other night! I'd like to offer up the fact that he went with his kids as an excuse – but he didn't…I think he went with George Thorne [West Brom's 20-year-old midfielder].

If we were to qualifying for Europe it would be an amazing achievement.
I was with Blackburn when we qualified for the UEFA Cup after finishing
sixth and it's one of the biggest achievements of my career.

It was a relatively small squad that we had at Blackburn, pretty much the same size as the one we have here at West Brom.

I think it would be the same here. When you are in it, it's tough.

Playing Thursday somewhere in Europe and then again on Sunday.

I don't think the fans get that. It's a
tiring week. It's one thing I can't have that you can't be tired if you
are playing three games in seven days. With the travel, it's hard.

Liam Ridgewell

Justin Bieber

Bieber-mania: Liam Ridgewell (left) went to a Justin Bieber (right) gig with Baggies team-mate George Thorne

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Steve Clarke must choose between Ben Foster and Boaz Myhill

Clarke faces selection headache as Foster fights for No 1 shirt with Myhill

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UPDATED:

10:48 GMT, 21 December 2012

Steve Clarke goes into tomorrow’s match against Norwich City with a thorny selection dilemma after Ben Foster confirmed his fitness.

West Brom’s head coach will be forced to choose between stand-in Boaz Myhill and the former Manchester United shot-stopper who has recovered from a nagging groin problem.

Myhill has proved an able deputy in Foster’s absence, the Wales international playing his part in keeping a clean sheet during last week’s goalless draw with West Ham.

In contention: Ben Foster has declared himself fit to face Norwich

In contention: Ben Foster has declared himself fit to face Norwich

Clarke said: 'Boaz has been great since Ben’s been out. I’ve got Luke Daniels as cover.

'I’m really privileged to have them as first-choice keepers and a youngster of Luke’s quality also at the club.

'It will be difficult for me, but it is something I will make an honest decision on.'

Claudio Yacob will be unavailable to the Scot as he is still to recover from a hamstring injury while Steven Reid remains sidelined with a sore shin.

Deputy: Boaz Myhill has stepped in for West Brom while Foster was sidelined

Deputy: Boaz Myhill has stepped in for West Brom while Foster was sidelined

And the demands of the busy Festive and New Year programme appear to have dashed any hopes that a string of Championship clubs had over signing striker Chris Wood on a permanent deal.

Clarke added: 'I’ve still got the possibility of picking up suspensions or injuries from this run of games.

'At the moment, Chris is a West Bromwich Albion player.

'The club’s is the most important thing and when a decision has to be made then it will be made for the benefit of West Brom.'

Steve Clarke reveals Jose Mourinho text message

West Brom boss Clarke reveals congratulatory text from Mourinho after flying start to season

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UPDATED:

12:53 GMT, 27 November 2012

Old friends: Clarke (left) with Mourinho back in 2007

Old friends: Clarke (left) with Mourinho back in 2007

Jose Mourinho has sent West Brom head coach Steve Clarke a 'well done' message after the Baggies' record-breaking start to the season.

The Real Madrid boss, who worked with Clarke at Stamford Bridge, texted the Scot before the club's 4-2 victory over Sunderland.

West Brom's storming start to the campaign is their best since 1953 when they eventually finished second to Wolves – but at least partly made up for that by winning the FA Cup.

Mourinho remains in touch with his erstwhile colleague on a regular basis and Clarke said: 'He sent me a little text before the game at the weekend. It was a nice text and there were a few nice words in it, too.

'There were a few words of encouragement – he told me to keep it going.

'But it was a private text, so I'll keep the rest of it between myself and Jose.'

Clarke joked that he would have to keep his own counsel after he was teased at his press conference prior to Wednesday's trip to Swansea for failing to smile.

'I do believe there are camera shots with me smiling – but that's something I'm going to have to work on in future.'

Flying start: West Brom have won four on the bounce

Flying start: West Brom have won four on the bounce

Flying start: West Brom have won four on the bounce

Ahead of the trip to south Wales, Boaz Myhill will continue in goal due to Ben Foster's absence. Jonas Olsson (calf) and Youssouf Mulumbu (hamstring) were due to have their fitness assessed on Tuesday.

The Baggies may be chasing their fifth straight victory but Clarke added: 'We are on a good run, we are in a good place but we are not even into December yet. There's still a long way to go. We can't get carried away.'

West Brom success down to squad rotation

Clarke puts stunning West Brom success story down to squad rotation

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UPDATED:

22:31 GMT, 25 November 2012

West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke has put his side’s success down to the way his players have taken to his rotation system.

The Baggies are up to third in the Premier League but Clarke is trying to keep his players grounded.

'I’m mildly happy,’ he said with half a smile after his side's win over Sunderland.

Party time: West Brom climbed to third with their win over Sunderland

Party time: West Brom climbed to third with their win over Sunderland

Boaz Myhill narrowly survived three scares before goals from Zoltan Gera, Shane Long, Romelu Lukaku and Marc-Antoine Fortune scored to give West Brom their fourth successive top flight win for the first time since 1982.

Goals from Craig Gardner and Stephane Sessegnon gave Sunderland brief hope, and a rally, but the visitors were good value for their win.

Clarke said: 'I said at the start I was happy with the squad and only thing I said to them was they should be comfortable in the Premier League after two seasons finishing mid-table. The only way to build on that is with better performances and we have.

'I just try to use the squad the best I can to get the best out of them. They have bought into what I am trying to do and that is really important.

Main man: Shane Long continued his fine form with a goal on Saturday

Main man: Shane Long continued his fine form with a goal on Saturday

'The game now is not about 11 players now, it is about your squad. The stronger your squad, the more chance you have of winning games in the Premier League. I turn round, look at the bench and want to make changes. I am always really happy with what I see.

'I am never satisfied. If we get to our target of 50 points in March, I will go for another target. But the philosophy we have and the way we have worked is to build game to game and we look no further.’

And while Clarke may have praise for the collective effort from all his players, he rightly singled out Long and Gera for their contribution to an impressive away win, which made up for the undeserved defeat at Newcastle earlier in the month.

In charge: Steve Clarke

In charge: Steve Clarke

He added: 'Zoltan has been terrific all season. He had a career-threatening injury, it took him a long time to get over it and we nursed him through it to protect him.

He is at the stage of his career where you can’t play him in every game because that would be detrimental to him. He accepts that fact and you see the quality of the guy’s performances. He is always for me one of the better players.

'I speak about Shane every week, whether he plays 70 or 60 minutes or comes on for 20. I have run out for superlatives for him, he has been tremendous every week.

'But he also has Lukaku sitting on his tail which keeps him lively. As well as Marc-Antoine and Marcus Rosenborg, who didn’t get on the pitch, we have Peter Odemwingie who has found another level. So there is great competition for the front places and Shane is a big part of that.’

Ben Foster keen to stay at West Brom

West Brom to make 3m bid for Foster with keeper keen to stay at Hawthorns

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UPDATED:

07:24 GMT, 12 June 2012

New West Brom manager Steve Clarke is closing in on the capture of goalkeeper Ben Foster from Midlands rivals Birmingham.

The Baggies want to wrap up a 3million move for the 29-year-old, who enjoyed a
successful loan spell at the Hawthorns last season

Settled: Ben Foster wants to stay in the Midlands

Settled: Ben Foster wants to stay in the Midlands

Foster is also wanted by QPR and Tottenham but Foster is keen to stay
in the Midlands.

Birmingham may try to get the West brom keeper Boaz Myhill, who played for them
on loan last season, as part of any deal.

Birmingham 1 Cardiff 1

Birmingham 1 Cardiff 1: Hudson makes his Mark as Bluebirds rescue point

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UPDATED:

13:26 GMT, 25 March 2012

Birmingham moved into the npower Championship play-off places despite being held to a 1-1 draw by promotion rivals Cardiff at St Andrew's.

The hosts, who were poor in the first half, took the lead through Erik Huseklepp's second goal for the club – a neat close-range finish – shortly after Marlon King had seen a penalty saved by David Marshall.
Making his Mark: Hudson celebrates after drawing Cardiff level

Making his Mark: Hudson celebrates after drawing Cardiff level

But Cardiff levelled with a goal
from nothing as Mark Hudson fired in a cross from Peter Whittingham and
Blues could not find a winner.

Birmingham boss Chris Hughton made
four changes to his line-up, with Jordon Mutch, Wade Elliott, Huseklepp
and Pablo Ibanez coming in.

The visitors named an unchanged side following their 2-2 draw at home to Coventry in midweek.

MATCH FACTS

Birmingham: Myhill, Ibanez (Gomis 72), Caldwell, Davies, Ramage, Burke, N'Daw, Mutch, Elliott, King, Huseklepp (Townsend 69). Subs Not Used: Doyle ,Zigic, Redmond. Goals: Huseklepp 68.

Cardiff:
Marshall, McNaughton, Hudson, Turner, Taylor, Whittingham, McPhail
(Miller 84), Gunnarsson, Cowie (Gestede 72), Mason, Lawrence. Subs Not Used: Heaton, Earnshaw, Blake. Goals: Hudson 78.

Att: 17,704

Referee: Andy D'Urso (Essex).

Cardiff started brightly but Joe Mason screwed a shot horribly wide while defender Hudson cleared the crossbar with a header.

Lifelong Birmingham fan Ben Turner
thought he had opened the scoring on the quarter-hour when he found
space in the box and tried to bend the ball around Boaz Myhill but his
shot went inches wide.

A fluid counter-attack from Blues
resulted in a corner which was not dealt with by Cardiff and when the
ball fell to Guirane N'Daw he let fly from 30 yards but his shot was
comfortably gathered by Marshall.

The Bluebirds were dominating as
half-time approached and the lively Mason was close to converting a low
cross from Don Cowie before the same player flashed a shot past the left
post.

Minute's applause: Former Blues star Muamba was given a rousing reception at St Andrews

Minute's applause: Former Blues star Muamba was given a rousing reception at St Andrews

Fabrice Muamba

Fabrice Muamba

Birmingham had failed to impress in
the first half but looked much better at the start of the second and
they were handed a great chance to break the deadlock.

Chris Burke played the ball through
to Mutch who was fouled in the area by Cowie. King stepped up to take
the resulting penalty but his low effort was turned away by Marshall.

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From their next attack, Blues found Huseklepp one-on-one with the keeper but Marshall saved well with his legs.

The opening goal did not take much
longer to arrive, with Norwegian Huseklepp getting the better of
Marshall from close range after a superb solo run from Burke on the
break.

But, just as Birmingham looked set to go on and secure three points, Cardiff snatched an equaliser out of nothing.

Whittingham's cross fell to defender Hudson and he volleyed the ball into the bottom corner.

Blues were straight back on the
attack, though, and only a great save from Marshall denied Burke as his
shot on the turn looked destined for the top corner.

Cardiff responded through substitute Rudy Gestede but his right-foot volley from the edge of the box was straight at Myhill.

Marshall was almost embarrassed by a
weak Burke shot which hit a bobble on the pitch and looped up but he
clawed the ball away.

The Bluebirds almost stole the points at the death as Gestede came close with a header.

Leicester 3 Birmingham 1: Blues play-off dreams hit as Foxes triumph

Leicester 3 Birmingham 1: Blues play-off dreams hit as Foxes triumph

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UPDATED:

21:56 GMT, 13 March 2012

Jermaine Beckford scored twice as Leicester revived their Championship play-off hopes at the expense of Birmingham.

Birmingham had got off to a flying start, taking the lead through an Elliott Ward penalty after 20 minutes.

Minutes later Nikola Zigic’s header from Elliott’s corner cracked the underside of the bar with Leicester’s defenders all at sea.

Jermaine man: Beckford scores for Leicester City

Jermaine man: Beckford scores for Leicester City

MATCH FACTS

Having gratefully accepted the let-off, the home side then found themselves back in the match against the run of play.

Beckford got the ball rolling with his
10th goal of the season — and none will have come from a closer range
than his 34th-minute equaliser.

David Nugent’s pull-back from Tom
Kennedy’s cross spun wildly across goal, hit a post and rolled to
Beckford, who was a yard out.

The goal served as a wake-up call to Leicester with Nugent shooting just wide while Lloyd Dyer forced a save from Boaz Myhill.

However, Kasper Schmeichel also needed
to be alert to palm away a wicked shot from Chris Burke as both teams
went for the victory.

It was Leicester, though, who would take the points.

Jeffrey Schlupp did much of the damage after coming off the bench.

The Ghanaian striker came on for
Nugent in the 70th minute and wasted little time in making an impact,
latching on to Kennedy’s cross-field pass before finishing past Boaz
Myhill after 80 minutes.

Birmingham surged forward in search of
a goal that would aid their own play-off ambitions but another long
ball opened the door for Beckford to score his second of the game and
wrap up the win.

It marked the fourth straight Championship game in which Birmingham have not won.

Gary Speed memorial match: Craig Bellamy included in Wales squad

Bellamy to play part in emotional Wales memorial match for tragic boss Speed

Craig Bellamy has been included in the Wales squad for the Gary Speed Memorial match against Costa Rica, a game that could be his last at international level.

The Liverpool striker was persuaded to prolong his Wales career by Speed, and was devastated when the late manager died in November.

On the list: Craig Bellamy is included in the Wales squad to face Costa Rica

On the list: Craig Bellamy is included in the Wales squad to face Costa Rica

WALES SQUAD

Wayne Hennessey, Boaz Myhill, Lewis Price, Darcy Blake, James Collins, Danny Gabbidon, Chris Gunter, Adam Matthews, Sam Ricketts, Neil Taylor, Ashley Williams, Joe Allen, Gareth Bale, Jack Collison, Andrew Crofts, David Edwards Joe Ledley, Aaron Ramsey Hal Robson-Kanu, David Vaughan, Craig Bellamy, Robert Earnshaw, Steve Morison, Sam Vokes.

New manager Chris Coleman has expressed his desire for Bellamy to play on into the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign, but the 67-cap forward has already stated that next week's fixture could be his last in a Wales shirt.

The squad, picked by Coleman and Speed's assistants Osian Roberts and Raymond Verheijen, is, as expected, drawn from the group who helped Wales win four of their last five games under Speed.

Tottenham's Gareth Bale, West Ham's Jack Collison, Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey and Aston Villa defender James Collins are also included.

Memorial: Wales will dedicate their friendly in the memory of tragic boss Gary Speed

Memorial: Wales will dedicate their friendly in the memory of tragic boss Gary Speed

However, there is a recall for Bolton full-back Sam Ricketts, who returns after a lengthy spell out through injury.