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Clarke delighted by home form

Created on 10 Mar., 2013 8:58 AM GMT

West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke was happy to see his side win at The Hawthorns again on Saturday.

Clarke's side notched their ninth home win of the season with a 2-1 success against Swansea City that lifted them to seventh on the English Premier League table.

Despite Luke Moore giving the League Cup winners the lead after 33 minutes, Belgian Romelu Lukaku levelled for West Brom before half-time.

And although Lukaku missed a spot-kick in the second half, an own goal from Jonathan de Guzman on the hour-mark helped West Brom to another home success.

"For the confidence of our players and the enthusiasm of the group to attack the last nine games, it was important we got three points at home," Clarke told Sky Sports.

"It is nine victories at home this year. There are not too many other teams in the league who have won nine games at home.

"Hopefully the supporters enjoyed the game and the occasion and they go home happy tonight."

West Brom are well and truly in the mix for a European place, although they did enjoy a large slice of fortune in their latest win.

Swansea substitute Roland Lamah had what would have been an equaliser incorrectly ruled out for offside late in the piece.

The ball hit West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster and defender Gareth McAuley before Lamah tucked away his chance, and Clarke admitted his side were lucky.

"We got a break at the end, because the Swansea goal that would have made it 2-2 was not offside. It came off Ben Foster last," he said.

"But sometimes when you put as much effort and quality into the game, you get a little break."

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup fumed at the decision, insisting it cost his side a point.

"Since I came in last summer, I have always said referees have one or two seconds to make up their minds – like today with the penalty," Laudrup said.

"Then we can watch it two or three times, we can say if it was or was not a penalty and we can discuss it.

"But what I do not understand is our disallowed goal. That is not a decision in football, it is a rule. You can never be offside if you receive the ball from an opponent."

"Frustration is when you see a disallowed goal like this, because someone, obviously, I do not know, they do not know the rules, or whatever."

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