March: We learned some tough lessons

Midfielder reflects on Amex setback against the champions.

By Bruce Talbot • 24 October 2021

By Paul Hazlewood
Solly March played the full 90 minutes as Albion fell to a 4-1 defeat to Manchester City.

Solly March admitted Albion learnt some tough lessons in defeat to Manchester City.

March made his first Premier League start since the 2-0 win over Watford in August but couldn’t help prevent Albion from suffering a 4-1 Amex defeat after City swept the hosts aside with three goals in the opening 32 minutes.

He said, “The first 30 minutes or so was very frustrating. Every time we lost the ball in dangerous positions, and with the quality they have, it looked like they might score.

By Paul Hazlewood
Solly March wrestles for possession against the Cityzens.

“If you give the ball away cheaply against world-class players they will punish you.

“But I think the lads deserve a lot of credit for the second half, for 35 minutes we were the better team. We got into some really good positions and if we’d got our goal a bit earlier we could have put them under some real pressure. But we ran out of steam in the last ten minutes.”

March was delighted to be back in the starting line-up and hopes it’s the first of a run of appearances with Albion at Leicester City on Wednesday in the Carabao Cup before heading to Anfield to take on Liverpool next Saturday.

“It’s great to start again. I have been training hard and been pushing to start games and hopefully I can get a run of starts now.

“I think we can take a lot from the second half into the next two games. We’ve got Leicester City and then Liverpool. If we can be a bit more tight at the back who knows we could get a point [at Anfield] or even win like we did last year.”