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The Baggies boss believes that it was healthy for players to get away from the negativity of three consecutive defeats and enjoy a Christmas night out in Dublin

West Bromich Albion manager Steve Clarke has defended his players after they were pictured socialising in Dublin after their 2-0 home defeat against Norwich City on Saturday.

The result took West Brom's losing streak to three consecutive games and the club currently find themselves 15th in the English Premier League with 15 points in 15 games.

Footage of striker Shane Long and goalkeeper Boaz Myhill busking in Dublin surfaced on the internet as the Baggies squad enjoyed a pre-planned Christmas night out following the defeat and Clarke insists that it was "good" for the players to get away.

"Shane's good on the guitar. As well as being a very talented footballer he is a very talented musician as well," he told reporters.

"It was good, I don't have a big issue. You get a lot of bad headlines surrounding football, but I don't think that was a bad headline at all.

"It was good for the players to get away. It was a difficult week. They went away, got themselves together and had a good time. They have to relax and enjoy themselves.

"If anyone says they weren't hurting after three defeats in a week, they were. Everyone hurts when you lose. To try make an issue of going out and trying to have a night out is wrong."