Davidson admits fitness issues

Last Updated: Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:47
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Jason Davidson says a lack of match fitness is to blame for his disappointing start to life as a West Brom player.

The Australia international has featured in Albion's last two games against Oxford United in the Capital One Cup and Swansea in the Premier League.

The 23-year-old struggled on his first English top-flight outing against the Swans last Saturday as the Baggies fell to a 3-0 defeat at the Liberty Stadium.

Davidson admits the level of fitness required to play in the Premier League has come as something of a shock and is determined to work on his fitness in the coming months.

"The thing that surprised me the most is that in the Premier League you are up against players who will test you to the limit for 90 minutes," he told the Birmingham Mail.

"Right now I am feeling the effects of not having a pre-season under my belt. After playing 120 minutes against Oxford in midweek, I went into the game against Swansea a little short on fuel.

"Missing a pre-season didn't help and I am now just trying to catch up - being in camp now with Australia I will hopefully get a couple of games under my belt and pick up some match fitness.

"Against Swansea, I was disappointed in myself. My mind knew what I wanted to do but my body just wouldn't follow.

"That's just fatigue and while there are no excuses you can only give what your body allows - and the rest is out of your hands.

"It's a sign that I need to get Premier League match fitness ASAP. There's more pressure and intensity than in Holland because you have the best of the best in the Prem."

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