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West Brom boss Clarke praised by assistant coach Downing

West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke has combined the defensive solidity of former boss Roy Hodgson with a more attacking approach, claims Baggies assistant head coach Keith Downing. "The manager (Clarke) takes a lot of credit because he stepped into some big shoes in terms of Roy's work previously.

"Steve is a very quiet man, he doesn't take the plaudits too much and he does his work in the background.

"But the transition has been seamless. He has come in and put his own slant on it.

"He has worked off Roy's principles but put his own mark to it."

When asked to compare the qualities of the duo, Downing said: "They are very similar, very organised, structured, know exactly what we are doing on the pitch.

"In general terms, Steve has added a bit in terms of ideas going forward on the offensive side.

"But there are a lot of principles in terms of what Roy has done in terms of structure and team ethic and he has carried that on.

"The sensible thing is Steve has realised what is good and added the things he feels need improving and has done that really well.

"He has given different ideas in terms of offensive patterns but we have still kept clean sheets at home in three games."

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