Date: 29th December 2014 at 8:22pm
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Skipper Chris Brunt has backed head coach Alan Irvine and admitted Albion must get 2015 off to a good start to make up for a poor first half of the season.

We take on West Ham on New Year’s Day in an encounter that certainly won’t be easy given the form they are in, but our skipper told that it was imperative we put in a good showing and got a good result, so we could really get our season going now and start pulling ourselves away from the bottom of the table.

‘We’re letting ourselves down, we’re letting everyone down. Last year there was a gap between the bottom three and the rest. We flirted with that last year but we want to avoid that this year. We need points to avoid having a long end to the season. We’re going on to the pitch and not doing our job. It’s not good enough.’

Speaking more specifically about the West Ham game coming up, he described it as ‘massive’ and admitted they have had a great start to the season so we’re definitely going to be up against it, and we have to be up for it.

‘We’re in trouble and need to get points on the board.’

In relation to Irvine himself with reports that chairman Jeremy Peace was set to make a decision about his future ahead of the West Ham game, the press were reporting that a decision wouldn’t be taken today, and that it was likely it may be rolled into the New Year to see if there is a reaction in our form and results.

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