Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Begovic plans to be more streetwise

Asmir Begovic admits he should have been more streetwise in Stoke's stuffing at Bolton.

The keeper put his team on the back foot in the second minute by handing Ivan Klasnic the ball to take a quick free-kick after being penalised for picking up a back pass.

And the Croat fed Kevin Davies to punish Begovic and start Bolton's 5-0 rout.

Stoke's number one claims he was in a state of confusion after referee Howard Webb decided he had illegally grabbed the ball as it flew to him off Glen Whelan's shin pad.

But accepts he should have been more astute and held on to the ball once the whistle had been blown.

He said: ``I didn't see it as being anywhere near a pass back. I don't know why he whistled and that's where the confusion started.

``It went off Glenn's shin-pad and up in the air, so I don't see how he intended to pass that back to me. In hindsight I should have held the ball or kicked it away.

``The goal put us on the back foot right away and from then on it was downhill.''

The defeat followed on from Stoke's 3-1 home loss to Newcastle, and whilst they are still winning in Europe, Begovic admits the Potters' performance at Bolton was poor.

He added: ``It is a difficult question that we can win and Europe and not in the league. It could be the calibre of teams you are playing in Europe.

``But I am gutted about this defeat. It wasn't anywhere near good enough from us. Even after the first couple of goals I felt we were still in the game, but at three and four it was impossible for us to come back.

``We just kept making error after error, myself included. You get punished for that, and we did big-time.


``We have to go back to the basics that gave us the success in the first place.

``The fans are fantastic and they support us no matter what. It is apologies to them as that wasn't good enough. Hopefully we can put it right for them in the next game."

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