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Morrison sticks up for Lugano

James Morrison has backed West Brom team-mate Diego Lugano to come back stronger after his recent derby struggle.

Morrison has given his support to the Uruguay international after his performance in the 4-3 Premier League defeat at Aston Villa at the end of last month was heavily criticised.

Lugano was dropped to the bench by Pepe Mel for the visit of Liverpool last Sunday, but ended up coming on at the end of the first half to replace Jonas Olsson.

Scotland international Morrison has spoken up for the experienced 33-year-old defender ahead of Saturday's trip to face fellow relegation candidates Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

He told the Express and Star: "Given his experience, the Villa game won't be the first bad game he's ever had so he will know how to bounce back.

"He is an experienced player, he is a captain and he is a leader.

"We've all had those nights. You know when you have had a bad game and it plays on your mind until the next game.

"He will know what he has to do, his experience is a key for him and he is 100 per cent professional."