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Brunt ready for Prem fight

Chris Brunt wants West Brom to pick up points quickly and not rely on other teams in their fight for Premier League survival.

The 29-year-old returned from injury in Saturday's 3-3 draw against Tottenham when he scored West Brom's second goal before seeing his side throw away a three-goal lead.

West Brom are now one point above the relegation zone on 33 points and also have a game in hand on Norwich, Fulham and Cardiff, who are all below them.

Brunt told the Express and Star: "What we have to do is keep the pressure on everyone around us because the picture at the bottom changes so fast.

"A couple of weeks ago it looked all over for Fulham, but their win at Villa has given them a chance and dragged Villa right back into it, just as we pulled Norwich into the scrap.

"All we can do is look after ourselves, look after our performances and try to get a couple more wins as quickly as we can."

"We can't rely on other results. Our goal difference isn't too bad - that's a positive. It's in our hands."

The Baggies have had injury problems, but they are starting to see some encouraging signs with the return of Brunt, Billy Jones and Claudio Yacob to the squad last Saturday.

Brunt added: "It's been really tough having to sit games out in the last few weeks, just as it was for the likes of Billy and a few others.

"With players starting to come back for these last few games, hopefully the competition for places and the ability to freshen things up will help us get the results that we need to finish the job and preserve our Premier League status."