Good Fortuné for new-boy

Last updated : 18 January 2009 By Site Editor

On loan Nancy forward, Marc-Antonie Fortuné, has revealed Robert Koren was more than happy to give the striker his first Premiership goal on his Albion debut. The 27-year-old deflected Koren's effort past Ross Turnbull in the 54th minute with both players celebrating the strike.

However, after the game Koren admitted the goal should go down as Fortuné's on his impressive first start in Albion colours after the Slovenian netted the third goal for the Baggies.

"I'm claiming the goal," said Fortuné.

"I really wanted to score today to show I can help West Brom and that I'm happy to be here.

"I missed some chances but I think it was my goal because I touched it in.

"I'm also happy for Roko because he's a good man and a good player.

"If they give him the goal, it's not a problem for me.

"We joked about it in the dressing room but he said it was mine - probably because he scored the third!"

After the final whistle Fortuné had nothing but praise for the Hawthorns' crowd who cheered the new-boy on throughout his 69 minute cameo.

"The supporters were behind us all of the game, even when we had bad moments," he added.

"They pushed us on and I love these kind of supporters.

"It gives you the belief to fight and give your best for the team."