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Clarke: We face character test

And Baggies boss insists he has no problem with pressures

STEVE Clarke admits his players now face a test of character following three successive defeats.

Saturday’s harsh 2-0 loss to Norwich has seen the Baggies slip to 15th place and just two points above the bottom three in the Barclays Premier League table.

And Clarke must now rally his troops ahead of this weekend’s trip to Cardiff, who are just one place and one point behind Albion.

“We had a bad week,” said Clarke.

“Until last week the season had been going okay.

“Sometimes that happens. 

“Now it's a test of character. 

“We need to stand up. 

“I have no problems with the pressures - it's what I'm paid to do. 

“Everyone says nice things about you when you're winning. 

“And when you're not winning people are less kind - and that's part of the job.”

On-loan striker Romelu Lukaku made a huge contribution to Albion’s goal tally last term as he top scored with 17.

But Clarke insists there are enough goals in his current squad, especially in view of the fact it was only the second time in 12 games Albion have been unable to score.

“We have to concentrate on the players we have,” he added.

“There are enough goals here. 

“The squad is good, it's strong enough, and the attacking options are good enough. 

“On Saturday we didn't score; normally we score.”