Chris Brunt ready to answer West Brom's defensive SOS

Albion captain Chris Brunt looks set to be handed a defensive SOS as boss Pepe Mel gears up for the biggest game of his Hawthorns reign on Saturday.

Chris Brunt of West Bromwich Albion.
Chris Brunt of West Bromwich Albion.

Mel has branded the weekend’s clash with West Ham as a “cup final” as the Baggies look to drag themselves away from the Premier League drop zone.

And Brunt looks set for a switch to left-back with Liam Ridgewell facing scans today to determine whether his season is over because of a knee injury that forced him to limp off in the 3-1 defeat at Manchester City last night.

Ridgewell looks almost certain to miss the meeting with the Hammers, which Mel has admitted is the biggest game since he arrived.

“It really is the most important game,” said the Spaniard. “It can be the game that can spur us on and give us that life.”

Mel initially claimed Ridgewell would miss the remaining four games with an ankle problem, but Baggies medics later confirmed the injury was to Ridgewell’s knee and he might return before the end of the season.

But, with on-loan Goran Popov frozen out, Brunt looks set to move to left-back. Mel said: “Brunt can do a really good job in this role and I’m certain that Ridgewell will not be available for the West Ham game.

“Popov has not played for a very long time and this game against West Ham is absolutely vital.”

Centre-back Gareth McAuley could return on Saturday after missing out last night with a groin problem picked up in training.

Mel said: “He could well play on Saturday but the most important thing is to have a positive attitude.

“This game really is a final for us.”

Comments for: "Chris Brunt ready to answer West Brom's defensive SOS"

BURNLEY BAGGIE

If Ridgewell is out 3-5-2 Its the only way to go

The Real Bully Hoo.

Good call Burnley and it might well work out. I saw MOTD Saturday night and after West Ham losing at home to Palace Nolan saying 'they were determined to put it right against West Brom,' so we're not going to have an easy ride.

We Only Need One Half!

You ever noticed how Nolan tends to virtually stand on the keepers feet with his back to them when ever West Ham get a corner?

Watch him Saturday, never seen him booked or even reprimanded for it though?

Jack the Hat

Brunt may well keep Ridgewell out of the side for the rest of the season if he takes to the left-back berth. No good sitting back at home against West Ham as it isn't our strongest game as too many cooks spoil the broth. I'm cheesed off at saying we need to play our rapid response game with accurate passing and press up-field. We have the fire power, use it, if we let in the odd goal so what. No-one would moan if we won 5-4. For Pete's sake look as though we mark players at set pieces to stop them having forever to put the ball in our net. Football is such a simple game but players have to work hard.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

1877wolf

Absolute must win game against West Ham who have nothing to play for and already look like they're on their holidays. If you lose then it is down to other results, get 3 points and you should be safe. Either way, huge rebuilding job required in the summer or this decline will continue and us Wolves fans know about that in recent seasons.

The Real Bully Hoo.

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We Only Need One Half!

"us" wolves fans? what happened to 'us' winning 1877?

wot a joke!

Quinton Baggie

I think Brunt and Amilfitano have done well when having to play at full back...I think GMac was rested anyway last night after playing with an Injury as the West Ham game is more important as the liklihood of getting a point at man City was remote.

Brunty can still get forward...Also glad to see Jones back...i think the team should be

Foster

Jones MaCauly (if fit) Olssen Brunt

Amilfitano Mulumbu Jacob Berahino

Sessignon just behing Anechebi

Lets create some noise on Saturday and let hope the Liquidator is back :)

We Only Need One Half!

I think it would have been prudent to rest Olsson for the West Ham game, he wasn't at his best last night, more than likely due to the knock he is carrying.

Stars In Stripes

WONOH

I'm just wondering whether PM's hand was forced a little last night. I have a feeling Olsson would have been rested, or at least only on the bench with a McAuley/Dawson partnership. However, with the unfortunate injury to GMac during training, he would have been left with no option but to play Dawson alongside Lugano which is a frightening prospect against the awesome strikeforce at Man City's disposal.

We Only Need One Half!

Yes, its a fair point S.S.

simmo54

Another 5 days to recover for Jonas and I guess it would have been difficult trying to keep him from playing.

Jack the Hat

I thought Dawson was best of our defenders at least he put in a few nice last ditch tackles.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

simmo54

We certainly need to shackle Carroll - he is du a goal and a performance to catch Woy's eye and he always scores against us.

I would also opt for a 3-5-1-1 formation with Brunty and Jones bombing down the wings McCauley sticking to Carroll and Jonas and Daws either side of him.

simmo54

Have they kept Mansider at Manchester or Leyton Orient or wherever?

No response to the 1877wolf rumble?

The Real Bully Hoo.

He's thinking up a new name. How about a prize to the first one to suss it out.

Kev in Mallorca

Trbhoo

But how did he know about the ribbon??

Adeu

CantelloRocket 78

Kev,

yeah but he thought you were dressed as a Nun, and you no longer have that habit.....;-)

Adeu.

The Real Bully Hoo.

Kev.

I know about things that happen at the Mol because I have mates that are Wolves fans and tell me. Explain that one away.