Baggies star in warning to Blues

WEST Brom star Chris Brunt has warned Ipswich Town to beware of striker Luke Moore in tomorrow's Championship game at the Hawthorns.

Elvin King

WEST Brom star Chris Brunt has warned Ipswich Town to beware of striker Luke Moore in tomorrow's Championship game at the Hawthorns (kick-off 5.20pm).

Moore scored twice in Albion's 3-2 win at Peterborough on Tuesday - with Brunt scoring the third - and is flourishing under new manager Roberto Di Matteo.

“Luke is sharp and quick and looks for things behind defences,” said Brunt.

“Under Tony Mowbray he didn't get too many chances but has taken the chance offered by the new boss.

“The two goals at London Road were a credit for his hard work and he is good to play with, and hopefully those two goals will be the start of many for him.”

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Brunt says that relegated West Brom have shown their fighting qualities by grinding out back-to-back away league wins at Nottingham Forest and Peterborough.

“People have questioned our character over the last couple of seasons but hopefully this is something we can build on,” added Brunt.

“This gives us belief, especially away from home. Our home form over the last couple of seasons has been pretty good and we have picked up most of our points at home in the Premier League and in the Championship the year before.

“So it's nice to get two good away victories under our belts as early as this and hopefully we can take that form back to the Hawthorns - starting with the visit of Ipswich Town.

“We have given ourselves a good building block for the rest of the season.”

Brunt was delighted to open his scoring account for the season after ending the Premier League campaign in prolific fashion.

“I was pleased to score,” he said. “It's important for everybody to get off the mark as quickly as they can and hopefully that will be the first of a few goals for me this season.”

Fulham boss Roy Hodgson has confirmed talks with West Brom over midfielder Jonathan Greening who is not expected to feature against Ipswich in tomorrow's televised encounter.

“Negotiations are ongoing and have been for a long time. I've been led to believe we're getting closer to a conclusion,” said Hodgson.

“Jonathan is keen to come and he'd be a great addition to our squad.

“If he comes it will be close to the end, we might want one more player.”