West Brom star makes pledge to fans after FA Cup exit

Chris Brunt has vowed to win over fans after criticism and the coin throwing incident on Saturday.

West Bromwich Albion midfielder Chris Brunt has pledged that he will do everything he can to make amends for the club's meek FA Cup defeat to Reading and to win over fans whoa re unhappy with his performances, according to quotes in the Birmingham Mail.

The 31-year-old played 90 minutes as Tony Pulis' side surrendered to their Championship opponents at the Madejski Stadium at the weekend to bow out of the cup at the fifth-round stage.

Things turned ugly after the final whistle when Brunt, who has played more than 300 times for the Birmingham club since arriving at the Hawthorns in 2007, was hit by a coin thrown from the Albion end as he went to hand over his shirt to Baggies fans.

Although he responded angrily to that particular incident, equating it to common assault, the Northern Irishman has accepted that it is his responsibility to win over the naysayers and help the club recover from the damaging defeat.

He said, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail: "I will work towards Crystal Palace and try to make amends for a disappointing performance. If selected I will do my best.

"I am a professional and trying to do my job to the best of my ability. If some people don’t think that is good that is their opinion, but the manager and coaches pick the team and if I am there I will do the job to the best of my ability. That is what I am there to do."

Albion are not in any immediate danger of relegation, sitting eight points clear of danger, but fan unrest at the club is growing in opposition to the former Stoke manager's style of football and perceived poor levels of performance.

Their 1-0 smash-and-grab win over Everton at Goodison Park in the last Premier League fixture was their first victory in six in the league.

Brunt's side host Crystal Palace on Saturday in their next match.

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