Can West Brom still get the play-offs? Steve Bruce’s verdict after 2-0 win over Bournemouth

The Baggies beat Bournemouth on Wednesday night to keep their hopes of a play-off place alive

West Brom manager Steve Bruce has said his side “will not give up” on reaching the play-offs after Wednesday (6 April) night’s 2-0 victory over Bournemouth.

The much-needed win leaves his side seven points off the top six, but in 11th place and with six games left.

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Defensive errors led to early goals from Alex Mowatt and Andy Carroll to end the Cherries’ five-match unbeaten run.

Scott Parker’s side remain in second place and on course for automatic promotion with two games in hand on third-placed Huddersfield and a six-point cushion.

‘We have to be realistic’

Speaking after the game, Baggies boss Bruce conceded it will be difficult to reach the top 6 now.

He said: “There’s a glimmer (of hope) but we have to be realistic as well.

“It’s going to take an almighty push but there’s that many teams chasing. But we’re not giving up.”

The Baggies have beaten champions-elect Fulham and drawn with Huddersfield to confirm they have the quality on their day to match the best in the Sky Bet Championship.

“I’m as frustrated as the fans are,” admitted Bruce. “Unfortunately that inconsistency has cost us and that’s the frustration because we know we’ve got decent players. Let’s hope we can get to the levels.”

Bruce was delighted with the performance of Carroll.

“The goals were well taken and I’m delighted for Andy in particular – just to see him fit and well and playing with heart and determination,” he added.

“That’s why fans enjoy watching him and that’s why he’s been a cult hero wherever he’s played.

“If he stays fit, he’s always a handful.”

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