Skipper: We tried our best

Last updated : 17 May 2009 By Iain Bate - Wba-mad Editor

Albion captain Jonathan Greening claims he’s a proud man – despite being relegated back to the Championship.  With a win needed to realistically keep the greatest escape alive it was Greening who came the closest in the opening five minutes with Pepe Reina making a wonderful double save to deny the Baggies’ skipper.

Again basic defensive errors and missed chances came to haunt Albion with Greening claiming his teammates gave everything to try and avoid relegation.  However goals from Steven Gerrard and Dirk Kuyt condemned the Baggies to Championship football next term.

"I thought in the first 20 minutes we gave it a good go and Reina made a couple of good saves,” Jonno said.

"If we could have got that goal ahead we would have had something to hang onto.

"But, what has probably been the story of our season, a sloppy defensive mistake gave them the chance to go 1-0 up and then it was always going to be difficult.

"Throughout the season we've shown a bit of a lack of experience and naivety at times.

"But we gave it a good shot today and tried our best.

"We had some good chances - Reina made some good saves and we had a goal disallowed."

After the Baggies’ immediate return to the Championship the former Manchester United and Middlesbrough midfielder was optimistic at the full-time whistle and insisted he’s proud to be a Baggie after witnessing the full support of The Hawthorns after the match.

“I think there is a lot to be proud of," Greening insisted.

"We've played our way this season and played some teams off the park without getting the right results.

"The fans have been brilliant all year.

"We've been bottom for a long time so they've shown great faith in us.

"They did all the way to the end today and after the game."