Steve Clarke says West Brom must try to emulate Swansea City
STEVE Clarke hopes West Brom can follow Swansea City's example and claim a major honour next season.
The Baggies have been neck and neck with Swansea this term, and only goal difference separates the sides ahead of their meeting today.
They both find themselves in the Premier League top ten, but Swansea can also add clinching the Capital One Cup to their list of achievements.
"Hopefully that will give us a target for next year because you have seen the sort of accolades Swansea have received," he said.
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"They get all the headlines and deservedly so, because they have managed to win one of the few domestic trophies around — and that's what we have to aim for."
West Brom will welcome back skipper Chris Brunt, on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku and left-back Goran Popov against Swansea.
Popov has served a three-game ban for his red card after spitting at Tottenham defender Kyle Walker.
Albion were beaten 3-1 at the Liberty in November — Swansea's third consecutive win over the Midlanders — when the hosts produced a sensational first-half showing to claim the spoils.
"We went down there on the back of four wins, and for 30 minutes it's the best any team has played against us," added Clarke. "It is probably one of the best 30 minutes I've seen from a team in the Premier League for a number of years. I thought they were outstanding that night and we got a bit of a tonking.
"We will be looking at different things and ideas and hope we can find a way that is a bit different to how we've played against them before.
"But I don't think three defeats is enough to classify anyone as a bogey team. If it becomes seven, eight, nine, you can call it a bogey team."