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 Sunday, 26 January, 2003, 11:21 GMT
Megson blasts players
West Brom boss Gary Megson
Megson: Players "ducked" Watford's challenge
West Brom manager Gary Megson said his players lacked effort after their 1-0 FA Cup defeat at First Division Watford.

"Some of our players need to stand up and be counted," said Megson.

"We're not going to win a game when only two out of the 11 - Russell Hoult and Jason Koumas - perform like they are paid to perform."

West Brom are second from bottom in the Premiership and Megson fears that relegation will be inevitable unless his players buck their ideas up.

"If we play like that again we will get absolutely murdered every game we play," he said.

"We've been saying every game from now on is a cup tie but we performed like it was a testimonial.

"Even in the warm-up we weren't right. Not everybody was in it. They completely ducked it.

We performed like it was a testimonial

Gary Megson

"My players were telling us they wanted more money and bonuses in July and they advocated all responsibility for doing what they are paid to do - get through to the next round."

Watford manager Ray Lewington's delight with his side was mainly down to practical reasons.

"When all is said and done, I know it's not glamorous but it's all about the money now," he said.

"We nearly didn't survive this season, and we almost slipped into administration.

"The players have taken a 12% wage cut, but days like this bring in much-needed money.

"To do as well as we did is beyond what we expected. It was a marvellous performance."

Lewington singled out the performance of Arsenal loan signing Jermaine Pennant.

The 20-year-old winger laid on Heidar Helguson's 80th-minute winner and was a constant menace throughout.

"Arsenal sent him over here to become a team player and slowly he has got better at that," said Lewington.

"He's so explosive and exciting to the fans."


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