Brunt - Hodgson will be missed

Baggies goalscorer wants boss to go out on a high

Chris Brunt: Says new England boss Hodgson will be missed at West Brom

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Chris Brunt believes West Brom have 'some large shoes to fill' in replacing Roy Hodgson after the new England boss saw the Baggies produce a spirited comeback against Bolton in his penultimate game in charge.

Albion fell two goals behind at the Reebok Stadium but Brunt pulled one back before substitute James Morrison levelled with a last-gasp equaliser for a 2-2 draw.

It was suggested 10th-placed Albion could taper off in their final two games after Hodgson was unveiled as England boss in midweek but the Northern Ireland international insists the manager would not let them get away with that kind of mentality.

Brunt told Sky Sports: "It would have been easy for us to roll over (at 2-0 down) because we don't have an awful lot to play for, but that's not the group we are and that's not the way the gaffer has got us set up.

"Obviously he wants to go out on a high and we want to finish the season on a high, on as many points as we can."

He added of Hodgson: "He's a fantastic coach, he's so experienced. He's a good man as well. He will be missed and the club have got some large shoes to fill there.

"If you look at England they've got some of the best players in the world so if they can buy into what he's all about I'm sure they'll do very well this summer."


Brunt feels the Baggies were the better side against Bolton and believes they were unfortunate not to bag all three points, insisting Martin Petrov's penalty and Billy Jones' own-goal were against the run of play.

"We were disappointed to be 2-0 down, obviously, and for long periods of the game we were playing good football," he said.

"I think we were probably the better side and I think the penalty was against the run of play, then the second goal was probably against the run of play as well.

"But that's the Premier League for you and it shows the group of players who have got to keep going.

"Once we got the first goal back we knew we were going to get something out of the game, we believed we were going to get something out of the game and we were probably unlucky not to win it."