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Irvine hopeful of West Brom 'turning point'

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Alan Irvine is looking to build on the Villa win at Loftus Road. Credit: PA

Alan Irvine believes West Brom have turned the corner ahead of another crunch clash at QPR

The head coach wants their victory over Aston Villa last week to be the catalyst to push them away from danger.

Albion are 14th ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League trip to Loftus Road but have only won twice in their last 11 games in all competitions.

I hope this is the turning point for us. It was nice to have got the results we have done, we obviously have to build on that.

We've had clean sheets which are a big help. We managed to get a goal - and our problem in games has been a lack of goals.

We clearly are aware of that - and we're doing a lot of work to try and address that. We feel that if we create enough opportunities we have players who can score.

– West Brom manager Alan Irvine

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West Brom skipper Brunt to miss Hull away day

Captain Chris Brunt is out for West Brom's trip to Hull with a hamstring injury.

The skipper limped off after making a tackle in Tuesday's 2-1 defeat to West Ham, although boss Alan Irvine is hopeful he will return next week.

James Morrison (illness) and Sebastien Pocognoli (dead leg) are back but Jonas Olsson (Achilles) is out and Claudio Yacob serves the final game of a ban.

Provisional squad: Foster, Myhill, Pocognoli, Gamboa, Dawson, Lescott, McAuley, Davidson, Wisdom, Baird, Varela, Gardner, Morrison, O'Neil, Dorrans, Mulumbu, Blanco, Sessegnon, Samaras, Ideye, Berahino, Anichebe.

Irvine: Berahino will bounce back at West Brom

West Brom boss Alan Irvine admitted Saido Berahino has lost his killer touch - but insists it will return.

The eight-goal hotshot has not scored in five Barclays Premier League games with the Baggies now sinking towards the drop zone.

We have asked a lot of a young player. He had a very good start to the season, there was a lot of interest in him and a lot of talk about him.

There's been a lot of focus on a young player and he has handled it well overall but I don't think anyone would have been surprised to see Saido dropping off a little bit, which is what has probably happened.

I believe he will come back, he's a good finisher and I really believe the goals will come again.

– Alan Irvine
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