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Brunt pride at clean sheet record

28 April 2015

Baggies boast 14 Premier League clean sheets

CHRIS Brunt has spoken of his greater personal satisfaction at helping Albion rack up clean sheets having himself become a central figure in Albion's rearguard.

The left-sided midfielder has spent the majority of Tony Pulis' tenure at left-back and helped the club register a total of 14 Barclays Premier League clean sheets to date this season - a figure bettered only by Chelsea and Southampton.

Brunt has remained a threat in the final third having claimed eight assists this term, the same number as the likes of Eden Hazard, Alexis Sanchez and Jesus Navas.

But the Northern Ireland international admits his spell in defence means he now takes a new-found pride in shutting out the opposition. 

Having helped the Baggies to another clean sheet in Saturday's goalless draw against Liverpool, Brunt said: "When you’re part of the back four and you get a clean sheet it’s enjoyable.

"Obviously it’s always nice to get clean sheets but doing it as part of the back four is really enjoyable.

"I will do whatever I can to help out and if the gaffer sees me as a left-back then I will get my head down and get on with it. It’s worked out reasonably well over the last few weeks.

"I have enjoyed it reasonably well and we will see what happens."

Stats website WhoScored.com handed Brunt the left-back spot in their Premier League team of the week following Albion's recent 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace, while his impressive rating also earned him a place in the highest-ranked European XI of matchday 33. 

Asked whether he sees himself as a long-term left-back, Brunt said: "I wouldn’t be playing there if the gaffer didn’t think I could do it.

"It’s something I’ve done a few times before, including in international football, so it’s something I’m comfortable with but you’re never too old to learn in this game and I’m still learning stuff every week.

"You get used to playing in midfield for x-amount of years and then you get thrown in at left-back, you’ve got to learn to swim again but it’s been good.

"I’ve got the experienced boys alongside me in Joleon and Gareth, and we’ve got Ben or Boaz behind us.

"I know how hard it is working in front of a full-back because I’ve been doing it for years, but you never realise how important it is, so credit to Mozza, Gards, Saido or whoever has been playing out there because they work their socks off and I can just concentrate on defending."

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