West Brom resilience against Arsenal impresses Fletcher

Scott Anderson
Darren Fletcher: Has been a rock in Albion's midfield

West Brom skipper Darren Fletcher has hailed his side’s character in their 2-1 win over title contenders Arsenal on Saturday.

The Baggies were heading towards their fifth home defeat of the season when Olivier Giroud gave the Gunners a first half lead at The Hawthorns.

But Albion turned the game on its head with two goals in a crazy five-minute spell in the first half.

James Morrison scored his third of the campaign with a fine cushioned volley from Chris Brunt’s free-kick before Arsenal substitute Mikel Arteta turned a James McClean cross into his own net.

There was still plenty for the Tony Pulis’ side to do after the break to keep Arsenal at bay.

Albion rode their luck at times and had Santi Cazorla’s slip to thank for a penalty miss seven minutes from time.

West Brom had already blown leads in home games against Everton and Leicester City to emerge empty handed.

And Fletcher applauded West Brom’s commitment and desire in ensuring they held on for the three points this time.

“First and foremost I thought we gave a very good performance in the first half,” he said.

“We showed great character coming back from a goal down, especially against a team as good as Arsenal.

“We showed great resilience to hold on – something we’ve not managed to do a few times this year when we’ve been in winning positions, especially at home.”