West Bromwich Albion caretaker boss Keith Downing insists Steve Clarke deserves credit for their upturn in results.
Downing insists he has done little, fundamentally, to turn things around from the poor form that accounted for Clarke.
He said: "Steve was an excellent coach.
"I thought there was a fine dividing line. Decisions went against us at Stoke and Chelsea and then we had a poor week when we lost three on the bounce.
"Confidence started to deteriorate but it wasn't through Steve.
"The players probably just lost a little bit of belief but I think the last two or three performances they have got that back."
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