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We'll have to be cute to break teams down - Kyle

Posted on 22 October 2016  - 18:40

Kyle Walker commented on how tough it's been to break down West Brom and Bournemouth - and doesn't expect it to become any easier as the Premier League progresses this season.

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We’ve found the organised defensive lines of West Brom and Bournemouth tough to breach in our last two Premier League outings.

We created plenty of chances at West Brom but found ourselves a goal down with only eight minutes go but dug deep to find an equaliser.

Clear-cut chances were harder to find at the Vitality Stadium with Erik Lamela hitting the woodwork from distance as we still chalked up 16 efforts at goal to Bournemouth's eight, however, Bournemouth continued to get bodies in the way and Artur Buruc saved late from Danny Rose.

“They came at us in the first half, showed good intensity and perhaps caught us off guard,” said Kyle, who reached the 200-game milestone for us at Bournemouth.

“We defended well and kept another clean sheet, but we couldn’t find the finishing touch.

“It was compact out there, Dele didn’t have much space and they crowded us out. It’s a learning curve for us, we’ll come up against this a lot this season, teams will be more defensive so we have to be cute and try to break them down.”

Below: Kyle under pressure from Jordan Ibe

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The positives from a tough afternoon were another clean sheet - that’s just four goals conceded in nine games - and stretching our unbeaten start to nine matches.

It needed another Hugo Lloris wonder save when the home side’s best chance fell to former Spur Charlie Daniels just six yards out - Hugo managed to spread himself and deflect the effort onto the crossbar. “It’s becoming normal to see that now!” smiled Kyle.

Look out for more from Kyle on his 200 games - coming Monday..