Brunt: Lessons to learn

Chris Brunt thinks West Brom acquitted themselves well during Sunday's 1-0 defeat to Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.

But the Northern Ireland international says the season overall has been something of a "shambles" for the club, who have been flirting with the drop zone.

The Gunners took the three points on Sunday thanks to a first-half header from Olivier Giroud but West Brom had opportunities as well.

And Norwich's failure to win at Chelsea later on means the Baggies are now basically safe from the drop, thanks to their superior goal difference.

Reflecting on the Arsenal loss, Brunt said: "We gave as good as we got but I think we are obviously disappointed to have conceded from a set play.

"We had chances of our own and, second half, I thought we were the better team.

"Arsenal looked a bit dangerous on the break but we had most of the ball and most of the chances. I think we are a bit gutted we didn't get anything.

"Arsenal are a good side. They are fourth in the league for a reason, they've got good players, and we've got to come here and respect that.

"I think we did that in the first half maybe a little bit too much but we were delighted with how we played and it was just a pity that we could not get that goal."

It has not been a good campaign in general for the Baggies and Brunt added: "We will be very disappointed with it.

"It's been a poor season for various reasons on-and-off the field. It's been a bit of a shambles really, from all sorts of angles.

"It's difficult to put a finger on what's really gone wrong for us this season but, if we do stay up, we've been under pressure for a lot of the season and we'll have to take some positives out of it.

"It's a bit of an achievement as well because, when you're down there and things are not going for you, it's difficult to get out of that rut but, over the last few weeks, we've done that.

"A lot of teams go down and you don't see them again, so that's definitely something we don't want to toy with again.

"We've come pretty close this year and, if we don't learn from that, we're not going to learn from anything I think."