Brunt hopes to make positive impact

CHRIS Brunt hopes his appearances from the bench will cause Alan Pardew a selection headache ahead of Saturday’s trip to Stoke City.

The Northern Ireland international featured as a 72nd-minute substitute in Albion’s 2-1 defeat by Manchester United at The Hawthorns - with his corner leading to Gareth Barry’s first goal for the Club.

“It was nice to get on, I’ve had five or ten minutes in the last couple of games, but it was nice to get a good runout,” said Brunt. 

“I need to get more time on the pitch to get that match sharpness back but I’m pleased I managed to add little bits and pieces to our game.

“Hopefully I’ve done enough to put myself in the manager’s thoughts.

“The run we’re on, it’s tough going. There’s a few of us in the dressing room who have seen the highs and lows. We’re in a bit of a low one at the moment and we want to get out of it. If I can do something to help that then I’ll be delighted. 

“We’re all here to play football matches and no matter how old you get, I’m no different, you always want to play.

“We went through a few spells like this last year and we came out of it. 

“The goal might be the catalyst to try and get us out of this.

“We have a big game now next week away to Stoke.

“They’re not in great shape either so it’s going to be a big game.”

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