Clarke happy to take a point

West Brom manager Steve Clarke had no complaints about the

result after his side were held to a goalless draw by West Ham at

The Hawthorns.

Albion failed to score for a third successive game, although at

least they halted a run of three straight defeats and maintained

their place in the Premier League’s top six.

Clarke said: “I thought a draw was just about the right result.

We didn’t quite do enough to get the three points.

“As the home team, the onus is on us to try and win it. We tried

to win it but nothing really fell for us.

“We spoke before the game about defending well, to aim for the

clean sheet, which we got, which is good, because we haven’t had

one for a while.

“That is one positive aspect. It does stop the run of defeats

which is another positive aspect and it’s another point towards the

totals we are trying to achieve.

“But there are not many questions to ask on that game are


Clarke admitted he had made a mistake with his 4-4-2 formation

in the opening 45 minutes.

He said: “Maybe it was my fault in the first half because we

went 4-4-2 and it didn’t quite click.

“But when we moved back to our normal system second half

(4-2-3-1) we looked a little more lively.”