Calderon plays down role as Albion matchwinner

The Argus: Inigo Calderon celebrates Inigo Calderon celebrates

INIGO Calderon has played down his role as Albion’s surprise matchwinner.

The right-back celebrated his first start for a month with his first goal away from The Amex since April 2011 in the 1-0 victory at Blackpool.

Calderon, deputising for thigh injury victim Bruno, told The Argus: “When I started to score goals I always scored away and was asked why I didn’t score at home. “I don’t think about it too much. I am more happy about the clean sheet than scoring because that is my main job. If I can do both then all the better.”

Calderon made his only other start since early October when Bruno was banned at Bournemouth, the visitors to The Amex on New Year’s Day. The long-serving Spaniard, 32 next Saturday, was brought on for the injured Bruno for the second half at Charlton on Boxing Day.

“It hasn’t been a really good month for me,” Calderon said. “I’ve been feeling a bit bad because I love to play games and I’ve been on the bench. You try to help everyone but I miss playing games. I didn’t feel too good against Charlton so I’m really glad we won.”

Head coach Oscar Garcia said: “He hasn’t been playing but he is always prepared, always focused. He was outstanding, as he is in training. He deserved his goal. I am very happy with him.”

Albion’s fourth away win out of six leaves them eighth, level on points with Ipswich in the last play-off spot.

Will Buckley is out against Bournemouth after limping off late on with another hamstring injury.

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8:32am Mon 30 Dec 13

MHubbs says...

Calderon is the natural choice for me at right back. He is solid and reliable. He gets forward and creates. He is steady in defence.

Therefore whilst Bruno may have a little more flair, his defending is at times woeful and his errant passing in our own half a point for concern.

Glad to see Inigo back in the starting line up personally.
Calderon is the natural choice for me at right back. He is solid and reliable. He gets forward and creates. He is steady in defence. Therefore whilst Bruno may have a little more flair, his defending is at times woeful and his errant passing in our own half a point for concern. Glad to see Inigo back in the starting line up personally. MHubbs

9:44am Mon 30 Dec 13

tug509 says...

Just watched the highlights ,very impressive ,Calderon had a great game ,the same as MHubbs i hope we stick with him ,thanks for the birthday present Ini. UTA
Just watched the highlights ,very impressive ,Calderon had a great game ,the same as MHubbs i hope we stick with him ,thanks for the birthday present Ini. UTA tug509

11:05am Mon 30 Dec 13

Joel'sGrandad says...

Bruno can be brilliant but erratic. For me Inigo is better and much less likely to cause me a heart attack. At my age you have to take this into consideration. UTA
Bruno can be brilliant but erratic. For me Inigo is better and much less likely to cause me a heart attack. At my age you have to take this into consideration. UTA Joel'sGrandad

11:12am Mon 30 Dec 13

farside says...

Hate to disagree but for me Bruno is by far the better footballer. That said Calde must be the nicest man in football and his enthusiasm is infectious. If he has a good day at the office you can guarantee it will be a good day for everyone!
Can't help but love the guy and hope when he finishes playing he will stay here on the coaching team.You can nly imagine the job he could do helping to bring our youngsters through.
Hate to disagree but for me Bruno is by far the better footballer. That said Calde must be the nicest man in football and his enthusiasm is infectious. If he has a good day at the office you can guarantee it will be a good day for everyone! Can't help but love the guy and hope when he finishes playing he will stay here on the coaching team.You can nly imagine the job he could do helping to bring our youngsters through. farside

11:53am Mon 30 Dec 13

mikeygit says...

Agree Calde has Albion in his veins and bones--and yes would be great if he stayed on to coach the youngsters, great ambassador. His philosophy obviously there is no Í´in Team!!
Agree Calde has Albion in his veins and bones--and yes would be great if he stayed on to coach the youngsters, great ambassador. His philosophy obviously there is no Í´in Team!! mikeygit

2:31pm Mon 30 Dec 13

kwaidam says...

Joel'sGrandad wrote:
Bruno can be brilliant but erratic. For me Inigo is better and much less likely to cause me a heart attack. At my age you have to take this into consideration. UTA
love it. made me laugh....
[quote][p][bold]Joel'sGrandad[/bold] wrote: Bruno can be brilliant but erratic. For me Inigo is better and much less likely to cause me a heart attack. At my age you have to take this into consideration. UTA[/p][/quote]love it. made me laugh.... kwaidam

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