Olsson will battle ‘big signing’ Evans for place

Date published: Wednesday 16th September 2015 5:29 - James Marshment

Jonas Olsson: Long-serving West Brom defender

Jonas Olsson has vowed to fight for his place in West Brom’s side after losing his shirt to recent signing Jonny Evans at the weekend.

The Baggies boast one of the meanest defences in the Premier League, having kept clean sheets in four of their six matches so far, with only Manchester City and Chelsea breaching their backline.

But despite West Brom’s impressive defensive displays, 33-year-old Olsson was dropped to the bench for the 0-0 draw against Southampton on Saturday as Evans went straight into the team following his move from Manchester United.

Olsson, however, insists he is happy to put the team first and vowed to knuckle down to regain his place.

“You’re always disappointed when you’re not playing,” he told the Birmingham Mail.

“I think I’ve been doing quite well since the gaffer came in really.

“Getting a lot of minutes and playing a lot of games.

“I thought Jonny did really well. He’s a big signing and I’ve no problem with competition.

“You just have to stay professional and you know you’re going to get your chance again.

“It’s a long season, there’s a lot of games. You’ve got to train well and be ready when called upon.

“But you’re always disappointed when you don’t start.

“If you don’t feel that, then your motivation or approach to the game isn’t right.

“You have to accept it, but you can still be disappointed.”

‘Defensive’ Pulis

Tony Pulis’ defensive approach has been blamed for their lack of attacking prowess, but the Albion defender has backed the manager’s stance.

“You always want to score more, of course,” he added.

“But it’s important to get the defence right, which we have, and we’ve been doing really well with that since the gaffer came in.

“You always want to score more and play attractive football, but at the end of the day what matters is getting results.

“In terms of his philosophy, it’s a lot to do with organisation and details.

“Not only in defence and defending as a back four, but the whole team.

“There are different keys with attacking play, it’s different from game to game and situation to situation.

“Defence is more where you have to do work and you have to do the same thing over and over again.

“I guess that’s the reason why we tend to put more work into that.

“You want to play attractive as well, but there’s no balance between results and attractive football so from here everything else is secondary.”


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