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Poyet: Stick to the game plan
Albion boss Gus Poyet has ordered his players to stick to the game plan and ignore fans demanding a more direct style.
Poyet sensed the restlessness of supporters during Tuesday’s 1-0 victory over Peterborough at The Amex, when Stephen Dobbie’s injury time goal ended a run of seven games without a win.
The Uruguayan is in no mood to abandon his passing principles and wants supporters to be more patient as Albion try to build on a mini-revival of three matches undefeated at Wolves today.
Poyet told The Argus: “The fans were so nervous, more nervous than me, ‘kick it forward, go forward’.
“No, stay calm. It’s not us. If we kick it forward and try to win the ball in the air then we are not going to win it.
“If we kick it forward for no reason the rest of the players are not expecting that.
“Not only are we going to lose the ball, we are not going to get knockdowns, maybe the opposition are going to break and we are going to concede.
“We won the game because we didn’t concede. It was a clean sheet. That gives you a chance to win games.
“The way we like to play is make sure we are organised and defending well all the time and then, with the quantity of attacks, quality and deliveries, we are going to score.”
Poyet warned his players about a negative reaction from the crowd during his half-time pep talk against Peterborough.
He revealed: "I said don’t panic. The fans are going to get mad. Believe, Keep passing the ball, don’t worry about what they say and people shouting, keep passing the ball at the back.
"That was the key for me. I know people would like us to play more direct. Not here."