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How West Brom's caretaker boss has boosted confidence, explains Brunt

Chris Brunt
Chris Brunt

Chris Brunt has praised caretaker boss Darren Moore for helping West Brom's players to believe in themselves again.

The beleaguered Baggies have for some time looked down and out, despite making some big-money summer acquisitions on the back of finishing 10th in the Premier League last term.

Things have unravelled spectacularly this season, with Tony Pulis sacked in November and successor Alan Pardew plumbing even lower depths before exiting the Hawthorns.

Fans' favourite and first-team coach Moore was placed in temporary charge at the start of the month and has enjoyed an unbeaten start, having drawn at home to Swansea and then overseen a remarkable 1-0 win at Manchester United.

"He's just built a bit of confidence back up," West Brom captain Brunt said.

"He's positive in everything he does.  I think he's always on everybody, helping them and encouraging them and making them believe in themselves, that they're better than obviously our league position shows.

"When you're going through a rut and you can't get results, it's a very difficult one to break out of and confidence does drop.

"It's hard to take the ball when your confidence is low and you're trying to do things.

"He has just installed that over the last couple of weeks.

"He's made everybody believe that they're good players and that they can do the things that he's asking them to do. I think the last two games have showed that."

West Brom are in such a state that the four points that Moore has won in his only two games as caretaker boss are as many as Pardew managed in his final 11 league games.

It leaves Brunt to freely admit that it is "probably too little too late", but the skipper vowed to build on Sunday's memorable victory this season and beyond.

"You finish where you deserve to finish over the course of the season," he said.

"For long periods of the season, we haven't been good enough.

"I am sure there's any number of things you can put your finger on, but ultimately it's us that go out on the pitch and we don't get the results.

"We haven't scored enough goals and we've conceded too many goals, so that's a bad combination to have.

"Look, I think from top to bottom, everybody at the football club over the summer, we'll all have a good look at ourselves and dust ourselves down and make sure that this doesn't happen again.

"Because with the squad of players we've got, we haven't been good enough and we should be doing better."

Albion certainly have Premier League-quality players, such as Jay Rodriguez, who was the match-winner at Old Trafford days after a Football Association charge of racially abusing Brighton's Gaetan Bong was found to be not proven.

"Obviously it has been a tough few weeks for him in the situation he was in," Brunt said of his team-mate.

"We all backed him, we all believed what he said was what happened.

"I think when he got the news it was sort of a weight lifted off his shoulders. I am sure for anybody it's not a nice accusation thrown at you and he's handled it really well, to be fair to him.

"He was top draw (against Manchester United). It's probably one of the best games he has played for us.

"I am delighted for him to get the goal. He's a top guy and all the lads really like him. He deserved that."

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