Billy Jones tells West Brom fans to get off captain Brunt's back

The 25-year-old right-back helped set up Romelu Lukaku's goal during the club's 2-1 defeat at home to the Cottagers at the weekend before suggesting that expectations are too high
West Brom defender Billy Jones feels the criticism aimed at skipper Chris Brunt during the club's league defeat against Fulham was unfair.

Steve Clarke's side have been in superb form at the Hawthorns so far this campaign, winning seven of the 11 games in front of their own fans, helping them to seventh in the Premier League.

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However, the Baggies slumped to a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Martin Jol's out-of-sorts Fulham side, with Brunt's substitution in the second half greeted with ironic cheers by the supporters, something that Jones cannot accept.

"I don’t understand why they did that. You can tell that Brunt, the same as a lot of us, misplaced some passes, but the effort was still there," Jones told reporters.

"He was challenging and working hard. It was one of those days for us ­individually and as a team, we know that and we’ll learn from that.

"But Brunt’s a great player, he has been in the past and still is now. He’s a massive part of the starting 11 and the squad."

The side were also booed off at half-time and full-time during the defeat and Jones feels that they are in danger of becoming victims of their own success.

He added: "The ­expectations we’ve put on ourselves, and the ­performances we’ve given in front of the home crowd, means they expect that.

"We expect high ­standards from ourselves, but against Fulham it wasn’t a good performance.

"Yes, there were misplaced passes and mistimed tackles, but all the lads gave it a right good go."