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  • [5] West Brom coach Francis looks ahead to the United game

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    "When you beat big teams it does give a bit of a lift all round. But it doesn't give you the next three points. Winning gives everyone a lift and confidence is everything. Our performance against Arsenal with 23 per cent possession was exceptional. Our turnover and ability to break quickly and have 12 shots, eight on target, against their two, was excellent.'

    "Every week you look at the opposition's strengths and weaknesses because you have to. Many teams we play have got better squads, better talent, so we have to work very hard during the week to hopefully utilise the situation where we can pick up points. Every week is different, every team is different. A lot of work goes in, which is why you want the players there, because we do a lot of pattern of play work on the opposition. It worked brilliantly last Saturday, but you never know what's going to happen.'

    "With the international break getting in the way of the fixtures, especially with the boost that victory over Arsenal would've given us, he admitted it had been frustrating but our approach for each game would remain the same.

    "Personally, I think every game, whether it's United or Manchester City, the points are there for you. We've proven over the years at Stoke, Palace and here at West Brom that you can certainly beat the top teams. We beat Chelsea here and at Palace so I don't think that matters. You know they will have a fantastic squad and whatever 11 they put out it's going to be difficult - but you have to believe you can get something out of the game otherwise why are we there

    "If your players think it doesn't matter if we lose this, you're already defeated. You should always have that optimistic view, no matter who we're playing or where we're playing - even if it's away at Barcelona! Whether that`s a win or a draw is irrelevant because you don't know what will happen in the game. But you certainly need to go in there thinking you can get something out there.'
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