Monday, 23 December 2013

Ben Foster says West Brom and England pressure is nothing compared to cooking Christmas dinner

Ben Foster says West Brom and England pressure is nothing compared to cooking Christmas dinner

Former chef has hung up his oven gloves and can't wait for the busy festive season to begin as he returns from injury
He's back: Foster made some key stops on his return from injury
He's back: Foster made some key stops on his return from injury
Matthew Lewis
Ben Foster insists he can handle the pressure of playing for West Brom and England after cooking last year’s Christmas dinner.
The Baggies keeper made his first start since August 24 after recovering from foot surgery.
His return is a huge boost to the struggling side and also England ahead of the World Cup.
But Foster is unfazed about potentially-huge matches ahead in 2014 after cooking for his family last Christmas.
The former chef is now planning to take his huge family out this Wednesday instead.
Asked if the responsibility of cooking on Christmas Day was more stressful than shot-stopping, Foster replied: “Without doubt, it is horrible.
“I enjoy the cooking but that is brutal and so hard. I remember last year I had 17 people round. Can you imagine potentially c**king up for 17 people!
“This year we are going to eat out - the first time ever. We are going to go out for a nice one.
“I did a cracking job last year but it was the most stressful thing I have ever done cooking a Christmas Day dinner.
“The fact I have two kids aged four and five, you don’t get to sit with them and play with their toys and open them.
“I will happily take about 13 or 14 of us out and I will happily pay for Christmas Day dinner, it will be a lot easier.”
Foster’s return is good news for England boss Roy Hodgson as he will compete with Joe Hart for the No.1 shirt in Brazil.
Foster added: “I spoke to Roy when I first did my injury. He gave me a call and passed on his commiserations because it was such a freak thing.
“I also spoke to the goalie coach Dave Watson in between quite a few times. Up until a month ago they were looking at January until I got back to full fitness but I have progressed quicker which is a bonus.”
Foster made a vital double save when Albion were trailing 1-0 to help inspire their comeback.
Earlier on-loan Tottenham midfielder Jake Livermore gave Hull a deserved first half lead with a low finish on the counter attack.
But Matej Vydra’s late equaliser rescued a point at The Hawthorns in caretaker boss Keith Downing’s first game in charge.
Foster admitted: “If we had gone 2-0 down it would probably have been game over.
“We have to start digging wins out and getting a point on the board was a bit of a bonus.”
Hull’s ex-West Brom defender Curtis Davies was disappointed not to hang on for victory after sensing they could capitalise on fan tension.
Davies, 28, said: “It is a good family club but when things aren’t going right it is a hell of a place to be.
“In terms of the club, the fans here have always had an expectation.
“Especially playing against a so-called small club I think they fancied themselves to storm into the game and maybe get the win.
“They didn’t do that and we were the ones to get the game by the scruff of the neck and getting opportunities in their half.
“It frustrated them and the fans started getting on to them.
“The players were kicking balls out of play.
“But second half it was a totally different team, they came out and the fans got behind them and they managed to profit from it to equalise.”

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