Date: 27th December 2014 at 5:06pm
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Head coach Alan Irvine has given a short preview of the test we will face against Stoke City on Sunday, but admitted whilst he’s not going to shirk the challenge that faces him at West Brom with our recent results, he knows it would be a mistake to be confident about his job because it’s a results driven business.

Speaking to the press ahead of the game, and with news that Crystal Palace’s Neil Warnock has recently been the first Premier League manager removed from his post this season, the gaffer explained.

‘It will be a very tough game at Stoke – it’s a hard place to go. they are a team who are capable of causing you a lot of problems. But we will do the work we normally do on them and hopefully that will get us a good result. It’s a big challenge but if we can eradicate the individual errors then we are good enough to cause them problems.’

Speaking a little more specifically about his own position, he admits he can’t spend too much time on the speculation because his focus has to be on continuing to do the job itself, preparing the players and doing all he can to help us to victory, and he says he’ll continue doing that in the same manner as he always has and will continue working ‘extremely’ hard so we are as prepared for games as we can be and as little as possible is ‘left to chance’.

For the Stoke game Graham Dorrans could be back in contention as he’s apparently recovered from the illness he had picked up, but Victor Anichebe remains out with his calf problem. Having appeared from the bench, skipper Chris Brunt could be in line for a start again having recovered from his hamstring problem and it’s not being said he felt any ill effects from his 25 odd minute run out.

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