Brunt hoping to do the day justice

CHRIS Brunt is hoping he and his Albion teammates can "do the day justice" as they face up to a critical Hawthorns mission on the day the Baggies faithful celebrate Cyrille Regis.

Saturday's clash against Southampton marks the first home game since the passing of one of Albion's all-time heroes and the Club have announced plans to salute Regis's career and memory in the pre-match build up.

But after that comes a critical battle against one of the Premier League rivals Albion will be aiming to overhaul in the survival battle which is heading their way.

The emotions add to challenge for Alan Pardew's team but Brunty says Albion have the experience to cope with it.

"Cyrille was a great guy," he says. "I had the pleasure of his company at a couple of club functions and he was a really nice man. The send off he was given on Tuesday really speaks volumes for the sort of person he was.

"I've been here a long time and apart from the Cup finals and promotions, you will always hear about the Cyrille, Brendon and Laurie. But the game is the game. We've really got to play the game and win and not let the emotions around the day effect us.

"We've got enough experience in the squad to do that and hopefully we will be able to look back on it having done the day justice."

Albion's momentum was checked by the defeat at champions elect Manchester City in midweek but Brunt believes the squad will be able to shrug off the defeat.

"From the outside looking in, it was probably the result everyone was expecting," he said. "But after the performance at Liverpool, there was disappointment in the dressing room that we had not done better. But they are streets ahead of anyone else in the Premier League at the moment.

"We definitely got enough to stay up but then we feel we've had enough all season. The new manager has come in and we've had a lot more attack threat. We're not just trying to stay in games now but going out to win them.

"Results haven't been as good as they could have been or perhaps as we have deserved but it's more positive - we know we're going to need to win games to get out of this position."

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