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Clarke backs defence to stop Benteke

23 November 2013 16:51

West Brom manager Steve Clarke has backed defensive duo Jonas Olsson and Gareth McAuley to keep Christian Benteke at bay.

Benteke has scored 28 goals in all competitions since joining Aston Villa from Belgian side Genk in August 2012 and will pose a huge threat to the hosts at the Hawthorns on Monday.

The Belgium international netted in Villa's 2-2 draw in the same fixture last season, but Clarke is confident Olsson and McAuley can shackle the striker this time.

"Hopefully Jonas and Gareth will do well and control the game," Clarke said.

"Benteke has been a revelation since he signed for Aston Villa.

"He had a great season last year and he’s got in and among the goals again this season.

"He's a top player and my defenders will need to be on their toes to handle him.

"I've got confidence in the guys they can do it."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
25 November 2013
Game week
12
Kick-off
21:00
Half-time
2 - 0
Full-time
2 - 2
Venue
The Hawthorns (West Bromwich)
Attendance
24902

Goals

S. Long 3'
(assist by C. Brunt) 
1 - 0
S. Long 11'  
2 - 0
2 - 1
67' K. El Ahmadi
 (assist by A. Weimann)
2 - 2

Lineups

# Player Bookings
13
3
2
23
4
18
29
21 53'
5
11
9 3' 11'
Coach: S. Clarke
# Player Bookings
1
4
6 86'
2
8 67'
15 76'
24
7
18
20
27
Coach: P. Lambert

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
7
16
19
20
25
38
39
# Player Bookings
10
11 90+3'
16
13
17
21
34

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 1 +2 3
2 1 +2 3
3 1 +1 3
4 1 +1 3
5 1 +1 3
6 1 +1 3
7 1 +1 3
8 1 +1 3
9 1 +0 1
10 1 +0 1
11 1 +0 1
12 1 +0 1
13 1 -1 0
14 1 -1 0
15 1 -1 0
16 1 -1 0
17 1 -1 0
18 1 -1 0
19 1 -2 0
20 1 -2 0

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