West Brom boss Clarke not fooled by Newcastle derby humbling

West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke won't be fooled by Newcastle United's derby defeat to Sunderland. The Baggies face the Toon this weekend.

West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke won't be fooled by Newcastle United's derby defeat to Sunderland.

The Baggies face the Toon this weekend.

“I went up to watch Newcastle at the weekend and it was a great atmosphere and a really good performance by Sunderland," Clarke told the WBA website.

“Derby games are different, they are one-offs.

“I think they maybe got Newcastle at a good time, when they had just been knocked out of the Europa League, and, as Alan Pardew said, there was maybe a little bit of tiredness mentally and physically.

“They have had a fresh week this week and I’m sure they will be fired up to get the win they need to cement their position in the Premier League for next season.”

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