West Brom position doesn't interest Clarke

West Brom boss Steve Clarke raised a surprised eyebrow when told his side are bottom of the Premier League.

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Albion sit at the foot of the table after taking a solitary point from their opening three games.

While that is in stark contrast to their bright start to last season - when they had seven points at this stage - Clarke is certainly not panicking.

"Are we bottom? I didn't know. I don't look at the table at this stage. It doesn't matter," he said ahead of Saturday's trip to Fulham.

"After three games it is too quick to be looking. There's a league table shown after one game. Why? It's what happens at the end, not where we are in September.

"Last September we were probably a lot closer to the top than we are now and I said then that the table didn't matter."

Clarke is obviously eager to get a first victory under his belt but knows it will come down to performances rather than a quick fix.

"You have to work at it," he said. "Things don't just click. You have to work and get your tactics right from week to week.

"We haven't done that well enough so far because we've only picked up one point, so as quickly as possible we have to try to make sure that we find a system and a way to play that suits the players we've got and we start to win games.

"I don't know how much of a psychological problem it can become.

"I've never really been in this situation before. We're three games in with our fourth coming up. If we can win this weekend then it would be much better but if we have to wait another week then that's what we'll have to do.

"The quicker you win, the better. But there's no guarantees in the Premier League. It's a tough league. You have to earn every point you get and we have to start earning points this Saturday."

Clarke had the demeanour of a concerned man days before the transfer deadline as he outlined his eagerness to see more quality and depth added to his squad.

Chairman Jeremy Peace and technical director Richard Garlick delivered for their head coach, bringing in midfielder Morgan Amalfitano, forwards Stephane Sessegnon and Victor Anichebe and goalkeeping cover in Lee Camp.

"I wanted more bodies and more quality and the club backed me, absolutely," said the Scot. "It was a great transfer window for the club and we got in some really good players.

"I think Morgan Amalfitano will surprise one or two of you because he's a good player. He's played for Marseille for the last couple of seasons and he's a Champions League quality player.

"Victor and Stephane have come in from Premier League clubs so they know the league, they understand it. They should hit the ground running. That should help us in the short term as well as the long term."

Midfielder James Morrison (groin) is a doubt for the trip to Craven Cottage while goalkeeper Ben Foster (foot) and striker Matej Vydra (hamstring) are definitely missing.



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