West Brom boss Clarke defends Anelka's barren spell

The 34-year-old, who was prolific in pre-season, has yet to open his account in a competitive match for the Baggies, who have struggled in front of goal in the new campaign
West Brom manager Steve Clarke insists Nicolas Anelka should not be blamed for the side's lack of goals.

The Baggies had been goalless going into Saturday's match against Fulham, but Gareth McAuley's stoppage-time leveller saw the side net their first goal of the campaign.

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Anelka, who joined on a one-year deal in July, has come under fire during the club's barren run, but Clarke is happy with the Frenchman's form and believes he just needs better supply.

"Nicolas Anelka's form has been, by and large, good – he's been ok," Clarke told the club's official website.

"He's brought a different dimension to the team.

"Regardless, I think it's wrong that people single out Nicolas as a name.

"He's part of a team that has struggled to create chances.

"But it's not just about Nicolas creating or scoring goals – everyone has to chip in.

"When you're a star – Nicolas is a star in the world of football – you will grab the headlines.

"But football is a team game. we're delighted Nicolas is here, we're delighted he’s raised the profile of the club but it’s everyone's job to do well and create chances and score."