Clarke: Philosophy won't change
West Brom boss Steve Clarke insists he will not compromise his attacking beliefs ahead of Sunday's trip to Newcastle.
Clarke saw the Baggies' gamble on trying to win last weekend's home Premier League clash with Manchester City backfire as Edin Dzeko nicked a stoppage-time winner.
Many managers would have been happy to settle for a point against the champions but, although disappointed with the outcome, it will not lead to Clarke rethinking the way he wants Albion to play.
He said: "I think what I said after the game could have been construed in different ways - but I don't regret that we tried to win the game.
"I regretted that we didn't get something out of the game but that is a big difference.
"I wouldn't change my philosophy and think, 'if only I'd put on three defenders and shut up shop and tried see the game out'.
"That's not the way we've been this year and in other games we have been rewarded for being attacking late in a game and making attacking changes.
"On another day and with the right bounce of the ball we would have scored the winner.
"We had chances to get the winner before Manchester City caught us with the sucker-punch and we also had a chance cleared off the line after the 2-1.
"From that point of view we have no regrets and the philosophy won't change. We want to be positive."
Clarke worked under Ruud Gullit and Sir Bobby Robson on Tyneside and believes the Magpies are a shining example for many clubs to try to emulate.
He said: "I think Newcastle is a blueprint for any club with ambition.
"Every club wants to be successful and, if you are, is it the right thing to go out and sign 20 players and double the size of your squad or do you try to nurture what you've got and bring through some young ones?
"That's what Newcastle have done and they've done it with a good balanced squad and without being crazy in the transfer market.
"That's a good blueprint for a number of clubs who might be in that position in the future."
The Scot added: "I'm sure they can challenge towards the top half of the league. The fact that they have the Europa League to contend with as well is an issue.
"They have done a great job to get in the position they're at in the Europa League, where they've managed to almost qualify from the group.
"If they could win their next game they would be comfortable.
"To balance the two competitions (Premier League and Europa League) must have been a bit of a challenge for Alan Pardew and his staff and I think they have done it well."
Meanwhile, Clarke has been impressed with striker Peter Odemwingie since he returned to the action after serving a three-game ban for his sending-off at Fulham.
"I think Peter has always been motivated," the Baggies boss said. "When I spoke to him in the summer, he was keen to be here and see how the team developed with me as the head coach.
"That was the impression I got from him at the start and I think he's happy and comfortable here.
"He trains well every day and is a good worker and I've got no complaints about him. He's done well for me."