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Brunt puts faith in 'strong' Mowbray

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Chris Brunt believes West Brom manager Tony Mowbray's strength of character will be a crucial factor in trying to guarantee Barclays Premier League survival.

Brunt remembers how Mowbray kept his nerve and showed his qualities when the Baggies were stuttering in their bid to gain promotion from the Coca-Cola Championship 12 months ago before finally achieving their objective, and he knows the former Hibernian boss will have a vital part to play during the final 10 games of the season, starting with Monday's clash at West Ham.

Brunt said: "The gaffer is a strong man and he showed that last year when we got promotion back to the Premier League. We were expected to walk away with the Championship but we had little blips when results went against us at times - and he stayed strong."

He added: "Hopefully, we can learn from our experiences last year. I know it's a different league this year but it's a similar situation.

"The only difference is we now need to pick up as many points as we can to stay in this league, which is what everyone wants, rather than to get into it."

Brunt hopes Albion will have benefited from a near fortnight's break from action by the time they tackle the Hammers.

He said: "We've had a break now, got rested and hopefully we can go again at West Ham. It is another game we have to look to win.

"We beat West Ham at The Hawthorns and it is a potential game for us to pick up some points.

"It's the same for any team at the bottom of the league. It's a tough place to be and nobody wants to be there.

"It's down to us as a group of lads to turn it around. We've got a squad of about 25 players and that's what we've got to get us out of the situation we're in."

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