West Bromwich Albion ended a run of three Championship matches without a win as they beat Swansea City 3-0 at The Hawthorns on Wednesday night, and the returning Chris Brunt played a key role on his return to the XI following Darren Moore’s departure.
Well, despite being club captain the former Northern Ireland international has found first-team starts hard to come by since the opening months of the campaign.
He wasn’t helped by injury issues earlier this year, but even when he did return to the fold against Ipswich Town last weekend, he had to make do with being an unused substitute in the 1-1 draw that ultimately saw Moore receive his P45.
The 44-year-old often preferred the likes of Gareth Barry, Jake Livermore and youngster Rekeem Harper in the centre of the park, but caretaker boss Jimmy Shan decided to make a big call by bringing the experienced player back in against the Swans – and it paid off.
It is one of them, certainly.
Despite some below-par performances in the past the 34-year-old is clearly still a big fans’ favourite at The Hawthorns even if his legs are unable to do what they once could, which is hardly surprising given he has made 401 appearances for the club.
The noise around the stadium when he found the net against Graham Potter’s men said it all and he is clearly a big influence in the dressing room as skipper, which may have worked against Moore when the going got tough.
While he continued to keep the faith with an underperforming Livermore on the team-sheet more often than not, he had someone in reserve who epitomises what West Brom are about, as he showed in midweek.