Clarke wants 'positive stimulus'

Head coach Steve Clarke has urged West Brom to use the Peter Odemwingie saga as a "positive stimulus".

Last Updated: 02/02/13 at 14:11 Post Comment

Steve Clarke: Prepares to face Tottenham on Sunday

Steve Clarke: Prepares to face Tottenham on Sunday

Head coach Steve Clarke has urged West Brom to use the Peter Odemwingie saga as a "positive stimulus" to get their season back on track ahead of Sunday's home clash with Tottenham.

Striker Odemwingie has been left out of the squad to face Spurs following the collapse of his move to QPR after he turned up at Loftus Road on transfer deadline day anticipating the completion of the deal.

Clarke believes Odemwingie can eventually rebuild his career at The Hawthorns but his immediate focus is on Albion ending a five-game run without a win in the Barclays Premier League.

He said: "We have lost a bit of edge. November was a good month for us, December was average and January has been a poor month for us so I'm glad it's February and we can try and move on.

"The players have lost a bit of confidence, it happens when you lose games. Some of the performances have been okay but we haven't got the results.

"It's time for us as a group of players, me and my staff, to get together with the players and rally round.

"Maybe we can even use some of the events which have unfolded this week and try and use it as a positive stimulus to drive the group forward and get back to the form we were in earlier in the season."

Clarke admitted: "It can be difficult sometimes to pick your form up straight away but we've got to find a way of getting results.

"The quicker we do that, the quicker we get to our first target of 40 points and then we can reassess and see how many points we can accumulate.

"We still have the possibility to make this a very good season for West Brom and that's what we are going to endeavour to do over the next few weeks."

Clarke worked alongside Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas at Chelsea and is delighted to see him rebuilding his reputation following his unsuccessful spell as manager at Stamford Bridge.

He said: "Andre is a good coach. He had a difficult time at Chelsea. I'm pleased he had the chance to come back in at Tottenham.

"He's done really well with a fantastic group of players. People say I was lucky to come in here with a good group of players.

"I think Andre also had a great group to come in and work with but he's done his job really well.

"The team play good football, he's got some fantastic individuals, it's a great challenge for us.

"It's a game where most of the people will expect Tottenham to win but they are coming to The Hawthorns where we've got a really good record this year. It's a challenge my players are ready for."

Skipper Chris Brunt insists West Brom have not lost their hunger or appetite for success as he challenged them to bring a halt to their mini slump.

Brunt is adamant Albion's poor sequence of results is down to a combination of injuries, suspensions and fatigue rather than taking their foot off the pedal with safety already virtually secured.

The Northern Ireland international said: "No matter what, when you're a footballer you get paid to play football and win games.

"We want to get results and nobody wants to coast through the rest of the season without winning games.

"It's not what we're here for and everybody who plays football at any level will tell you they want to win games.

"We've worked very hard to get where we are with a smallish squad and we've had injuries and suspensions over the last few weeks as well. A lot of the lads have played a lot of football.

"Hopefully we can turn the corner as quickly as we can and there's still a lot of football to be played between now and the end of the season.

"If we can finish the season as well as we started it, then we'll put ourselves in a decent position."


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