Veltman: Let's start another good run

Defender confident of a positive response to Cup defeat against Watford on Saturday.

By Bruce Talbot • 07 February 2022

By Paul Hazlewood
Joel Veltman admitted Albion paid for a poor first-half against Spurs.

Joel Veltman insists that Albion’s confidence won’t be damaged too much by their FA Cup exit.

The Dutch defender came on in the second half against Spurs on Saturday during Albion’s 3-1 defeat.

It was their first setback on the road since the 2-0 loss at Aston Villa on 20 November but Albion have an opportunity to start another good run on their travels with away games against Watford next Saturday and Manchester United on Tuesday week.

“There was an important message after Saturday from the gaffer, to keep going and start another run of good results,” said Veltman. “We were defeated by a top team so we have to rectify that and come back strongly against Watford, just as we did against Leicester in the League two weeks ago.”

Albion switched to a back four against Spurs when Veltman came on having started with Tariq Lamptey and Solly March operating as wing backs. They got back into the tie thanks to Yves Bissouma’s first goal of the season but three minutes later Spurs made it 3-1 when Harry Kane got his second of the game.

By Paul Hazlewood
Evan Ferguson came on in the second half against Tottenham.

“As a team we weren’t ourselves in the first half but we changed systems and played quite well,” added Veltman. “The difference between us and Tottenham was quite high, but we reacted well. The intention was there and we were a bit unlucky with their third goal, having got back into the game at 2-1.”

Graham Potter gave a late run-out to 17-year-old striker Evan Ferguson, who has impressed Veltman since coming into the first-team squad.

“I was hoping he might score that tap-in when [Hugo] Lloris spilled the shot at the end but his goal will come,” said Veltman. “He is doing really well in training.”