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West Brom plays down dressing room fight after draw with Cardiff

Apr 1, 2014, 8:24 AM EST

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The pressures of a relegation fight combined with a final-gasp concession to send the West Bromwich Albion dressing room into battle mode on Saturday.

The Baggies appeared to have claimed victory with a stoppage time goal, only for Cardiff City to dash down the field and claim an equalizer moments before the final whistle to share the points with a 3-3 draw.

Saido Berahino, 20, may’ve sent in the cross that produced the former goal, but his giveaway on the latter led to consternation in the locker room. That included a dust-up that may have left the forward with a head injury.

The Sun said several punches were thrown following a verbal confrontation, but West Brom is playing down the incident as not uncommon in tight races for Premier League survival:

“Tensions were understandably running high in the dressing room, but the incident has been sensationalised in the media,” said a club spokesman.

“What happened is not uncommon in a dressing room and shows that the players care.

“The players involved have apologised. The club has drawn a line under the matter and is now fully focusing on Saturday’s important game at Norwich.”

It’s probably not a major deal, and certainly matters less than what happens on Saturday as the relegation six-pointers roll toward Survival Sunday.

  1. keithpoe2 - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    “The pressures of a relegation fight combined with a final-gasp loss to send the West Bromwich Albion dressing room into battle mode on Saturday.” Did not realize a 3-3 draw was a loss…do you ever proofread your website? I find silly errors like this every day and it makes it really hard to turn to this site for credible information on the world of football…

    • Nicholas Mendola - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:57 AM

      Thanks for catching that. If an editing error is stopping you from finding information credible though…

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