Sessegnon treatment was harsh - Clarke

Last Updated: Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:44

West Brom boss Steve Clarke says his summer signing Stephane Sessegnon needs more protection from referees.

The Benin international joined Albion from Sunderland last month in a deal worth around £5.5m and he has impressed for the Baggies so far up front.

Sessegnon missed a couple of great chances in Saturday's 0-0 draw at Stoke but Clarke felt he was knocked about by the Potters defence at times and should have been given more protection from the referee in the game.

"Stephane has great talent and he's an entertainer," said Clarke. "He creates something out of nothing. He's a little bit disappointed he didn't get enough protection on the pitch. I thought he was fouled a lot.

"If you want to have an attractive product and you want to encourage creative players, then surely you have to give them a little bit more protection. He felt there were a number of challenges on him.

"He's not asking for every one of them to be a free-kick, but he didn't get his fair share on Saturday."

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