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Clarke up for Stoke challenge

Steve Clarke knows his West Brom side have the character to recover from their mauling at Swansea when they take on Stoke on Saturday.

Last Updated: 30/11/12 at 16:19 Post Comment

Steve Clarke has hailed the spirit in the West Brom camp

Steve Clarke has hailed the spirit in the West Brom camp

Albion's four-game winning sequence came to an abrupt end at the Liberty Stadium but Clarke has no doubt that his players will respond in the right way against the Potters.

He said: "In terms of bouncing back, we don't have to prove anything on that score. We'd lost a couple of games previously this year and we'd always come back in a good way.

"We look forward to doing that at the weekend. I was quite controlled about what I said at Swansea. We had a little chat at half-time about trying to do things better in the second half and there was a response.

"I've got no reason to have a go at these players, no reason whatsoever. We are in a fantastic position, we've had a great season, we took 12 points out of 15 in November.

"What would give me the excuse to have a go at them? There is no reason for it.

"We bounced back after the Fulham game, which was a poor performance, and beat Reading and got the 1-0. If that's the way it is tomorrow, I'll be delighted."

Albion have failed to beat Stoke at the Hawthorns for nine years but have won six of their seven home games this season.

Clarke said: "Stoke is always a hard game, they always cause their opponents problems, but it is a challenge for the players.

"Tony Pulis has done a fantastic job establishing Stoke in the Premier League and they play better football than they are given credit for.

"We haven't got a good home record against them but this is a different group of players, and we've got a good home record this season."

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