Date: 12th September 2014 at 3:52pm
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Head coach Alan Irvine has insisted that the visit of Everton hasn’t changed his focus at all this weekend, he wants his first Premier League win on home soil on Saturday.

With his former employers making the trip to The Hawthorns this weekend after he left them after three years this summer to take up the job with us, he obviously has fond memories of the club as his most recent stint there was his third having been a player for them, and then assistant manager to David Moyes, so it will obviously be a fond reunion for him, but speaking to wba.co.uk he was adamant that ‘that’ side of the match would be saved until the final whistle, until then his focus was squarely on getting three points and the victory.

‘The Everton fans have always been brilliant with me and whenever I go back there – the last time was Leon Osman’s testimonial – I get a lot of people stopping me and saying hello. I’m not necessarily sure they’ll make a song and dance about me in the other dugout but I certainly don’t expect a hostile reception.’

Irvine goes on to say that either way he’s expecting it to be a nice day, but that’s not important, what is important is Albion getting the win but obviously ‘from a personal point of view it’s a chance to compete against a club which is special to me, it would be lovely to get the win that’s for sure.’

Although he did quickly clarify that he didn’t mean by that that three points would be more special because it’s Everton, he just acknowledges that we need to start winning games and quickly.

Of course, if selected the game could also see Joleon Lescott and Victor Anichebe face off against their former club.

In terms of injury news, Lescott may be ready for his debut, but Ben Foster, Gareth McAuley and Graham Dorrans are all expected to be fit in time for the match and should pass late fitness tests, as should skipper Chris Brunt who appears to have got over his calf problem.

Youssouf Mulumbu was due back in training yesterday, so he will have to be assessed following international duty.

‘Nobody is ruled out through injury, in terms of lack of match fitness there’s nobody ruled out – but there are some who are less likely to be involved than others.’

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