Clarke: No need to blast Baggies
Steve Clarke is backing West Brom to bounce back from their mauling at Swansea, insisting: "I've got no reason to have a go at these players".
Albion conceded three goals in a half-hour period at the Liberty Stadium as their four-game winning sequence came to an end with a 3-1 defeat.
It meant they slipped to fourth in the Premier League ahead of Saturday's home encounter with Stoke.
But head coach Clarke said: "In terms of bouncing back, we don't have to prove anything on that score.
"We'd lost a couple of games previously this year and we'd always come back in a good way and we look forward to doing that at the weekend.
"I was quite controlled about what I said at Swansea. We had a little chat at half-time about trying to do things better in the second half and there was a response.
"I've got no reason to have a go at these players, no reason whatsoever.
"We are in a fantastic position, we've had a great season, we took 12 points out of 15 in November.
"What would give me the excuse to have a go at them? There is no reason for it.
"We bounced back after the Fulham game, which was a poor performance, and beat Reading and got the 1-0. If that's the way it is tomorrow, I'll be delighted."
Albion have failed to beat Stoke at The Hawthorns for nine years but have won six of their seven home games this season.
Clarke said: "Stoke is always a hard game, they always cause their opponents problems, but it is a challenge for the players.
"Tony Pulis has done a fantastic job establishing Stoke in the Premier League and they play better football than they are given credit for.
"We haven't got a good home record against them but this is a different group of players, and we've got a good home record this season."
Clarke insists Albion have plans in place should strikers Romelu Lukaku and Peter Odemwingie be ruled out in January.
Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez has hinted he could recall on-loan Lukaku while Odemwingie may be needed for African Nations Cup duty by Nigeria.
But Clarke said: "I keep saying Lukaku is something I can't control. I've given it no thought. I've not heard what Rafael Benitez has said.
"But we know the possibilities for January and what we are going to do to deal with it should it happen."