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CARRICK ON BAGGIES BLOW

Posted on 9 January 2006  - 12:00

With two games to come in the next seven days, Michael Carrick insists the team must not dwell for too long on the defeat to West Brom on Wednesday.

With two games to come in the next seven days, Michael Carrick insists the team must not dwell for too long on the defeat to West Brom on Wednesday.

The 2-0 reverse was our first loss since November 7 and a third in the Premiership all season, while the team remain in fourth place - level on points with Wigan, who are on the back of three straight wins. Third to seventh is becoming a congested area of the table, with just six points separating the places, making Saturday's encounter with Newcastle vital.

"It is disappointing to come away from home and get a result like that - we wanted a lot more," reasoned the midfielder. "We can't get too down, we're fourth in the league and it is only our second defeat away from home this season and we are half way through.

The England international added that now unfamiliar losing feeling is one the team wish to shake off quickly and get on with the business of banking Premiership points - starting again against his home town club on New Year's Eve.

We've got to look ahead to the next game now

"You get that belief and winning feeling and it is something we want to get back to. We are disappointed but you have got to move on.

"We've got a lot of points on the board already, it is a defeat, but we will not get too worried or let it get us down.

"It was down to a couple of mistakes really that led to goals and apart from that they didn't do too much to trouble us. It was just one of those games where we didn't really perform.

"It is a home game for us now and we want to get three points out of it, especially after a defeat and we want to bounce back. It will be a good game to win."