West Bromwich Albion's Steve Clark laments "too passive" display

Steve Clarke of West Bromwich Albion looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Southampton at The Hawthorns on August 17, 2013
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Steve Clark believes that his West Bromwich Albion players did not take the initiative against Newcastle United on Saturday.

West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clark believes that his side were "too passive" against Newcastle United at St James' Park on Saturday.

The Baggies lost their first Premier League match after an unbeaten run of three games, leaving their boss lamenting their performance.

"I thought first half we were too passive in the game," he told Sky Sports News. "We didn't pass the ball as well as we do and we didn't create enough.

"We had one or two half-chances as Newcastle did. The goal came out of nowhere because the game was drifting towards a goalless first half and then we conceded the goal.

"The second half was good. We played with more intensity, got ourselves back in the game and then a wonder strike denied us any points."

West Brom are currently 12th in the league table with 15 points from 13 matches.

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