Skipper says point at Upton Park will give side confidence
CHRIS Brunt believes that Tony Pulis is the perfect man to take over the reins at The Hawthorns, after being confirmed as Albion’s new Head Coach on New Year’s Day.
The 56-year-old watched on from the stands at Upton Park yesterday, where his new side earned a credible 1-1 draw with West Ham.
The point in East London was Albion’s first in three games after enduring a difficult Christmas period, suffering defeats to QPR, Manchester City and Stoke – which turned out to be Pulis’ predecessor Alan Irvine’s final game in charge of the club.
But looking ahead, the skipper believes that given his track record, there is no better man to help steer The Baggies up the Barclays Premier League table.
“With the position that we find ourselves in at the minute, I don’t think that there is a better guy for the job,” said Brunt.
“The players have all met Tony and he has told us what he expects from us as a group and as individuals.
“He said that we aren’t a million miles away, and all the players know that.
“I know a few lads who have played under him in the past who have been impressed, his record speaks for itself.
“He was in the dressing room yesterday and he seems very hands on, he is here to do a job and that is to get points on the board and help us climb the league.
“He was very positive when he spoke to us and he also told us what he wanted to do.
“I don’t think that there will be any grey areas with him, which is a good thing because having grey areas costs teams points in this league.
“I’m sure that we will get lots sorted over the next few weeks on the training ground and hopefully we will start rising up the table.”
Speaking after the draw with The Hammers, the Northern Ireland international admitted that confidence in the camp is low, but insisted that the point gained should raise spirits.
“Confidence isn’t very high at the moment but we can all take positives from the point against West Ham,” said Brunt.
“They are a team that are going really well at the moment and we have matched them for the whole 90 minutes, so hopefully we can take plenty of confidence from that going forward.
“I’m sure the new Head Coach will have seen stuff from the game that he was really pleased with, and there will also be stuff that he has seen that he will want to work with us on.
“It’s down to the players now to do what he wants and get some points on the board.”