Steve Clarke happy to exceed expectations
West Brom boss Steve Clarke is pleased results are starting to do the talking after his side was written off by many at the start of the season. Clarke, a former assistant at Chelsea, West Ham and Liverpool, took over from Roy Hodgson at the Hawthorns in June and stepped into his first senior management role at the West Midlands club.
West Brom have seven points from a possible nine in their first three Premier League games under Steve Clarke. Clarke's lack of experience meant expectations were low but with seven points from the first three Barclays Premier League games, the 49-year-old is already some way to proving his critics wrong.
'It didn't faze me when we were written off,' Clarke told the Birmingham Mail.
'There is still a long way to go so it's not something to get carried away with. But I do think it's unfair to say this group of players will struggle.
'Last season they finished 10th on 47 points, the previous season they finished 11th on 47 points so those are good solid Premier League seasons.
'West Brom beat Everton 2-0 at home on Saturday to add to a point earned in a dramatic last-gasp draw against Tottenham at White Hart Lane and an opening-day win over Liverpool. Another couple of points: West Brom beat Everton 2-0 on Saturday 'I'm an optimist so I was always confident of getting something from these games,' Clarke said.
'You have to believe that if you show enough quality then you can get something.'It's not been a lucky seven points, but a well-earned seven points.'
The Scot left club captain Chris Brunt and Zoltan Gera on the bench against Everton but the move paid off as his side recorded their second consecutive home win of the season and maintained their unbeaten record.
'If you're winning games it's easier to make team selections,' Clarke said.'The lads know the situation. We will need everyone.'I stressed that from the beginning in pre-season - everyone will be involved. 'At the moment we have certain players playing and some not playing but that might change at various points of the season.' The Hawthorns has become a difficult place to pick up the points
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