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BRYAN Robson believes he now knows his players well enough to get the best
out of his squad - and highlighted the re-emergence of Ronnie Wallwork as an

The Baggies midfielder, who saw his first Albion action in 12 months as a
substitute at Blues last month, has started the last three games to help the
Black Country club collect a trio of draws.

And the Hawthorns boss, who saw Wallwork fire four goals in seven
appearances on loan for his Bradford side last season and also coached him
at Manchester United, insists there is more to come from the 2002 Bosman

"I've got to know the players better and I know what they are and what
they're not capable of - hopefully we can improve on that," said Robson.

"I told Jason Koumas and Ronnie Wallwork when I first came to the club that
they'd let their fitness go a bit.

"Ronnie wasn't as sharp as when he came up to Bradford on loan.

"He's an intelligent footballer and for me we didn't really have a central
midfielder who could sit, pass the ball and change the direction of a game.

"Ronnie can do that and I don't think it's a coincidence that since he's
been in the side we haven't been beaten - hopefully that will continue.

"The reason why he was at United is because he's got a good football brain.

"I think there is a lot more to come from Ronnie, especially when you think
he's been out of first team action at this club for around a year.

"He's played the occasional game but he hasn't had a sustained run in the
team for a long time.

"Hopefully it will come for him now and he gets better as he gets games
under his belt.

"For Manchester United reserves he was outstanding and when he came up to
Bradford he was very good and scored goals from central midfield.

"If he can get more games in the Premiership he can get some goals as well."

The Hawthorns chief, who has now been in the manager's hotseat for almost
two months, also praised Paul Robinson for grabbing his chance in recent
games after struggling to break into the first XI and Neil Clement for
adjusting so well to life at centre-half in the last three matches.

"I've been impressed with Neil Clement, who has slotted in well at
centre-back, and Paul Robinson has defended very well in the last few
games," he added.

"Clem started off as a centre-half at Chelsea and he enjoys that role."

Now the January transfer window is open, Robson is hoping to improve the
quality of his squad with Matias Almeyda moving ever closer to completing
his move to the Black Country.

But he insisted there will be no new faces in the frame for Saturday's
third-round FA Cup trip to Preston (ko 3pm).

"I'm waiting for the phone call to find out when it is Almeyda will be
coming." Robson revealed.

"I'm hoping to have news about him which means he'll be in next week.

"I wouldn't have considered him for the FA Cup game anyway. He needs to get
to know the lads and get used to his team-mates.

"There is nothing else to report at the moment but it's important that we
get a few new faces in as soon as possible, so we can start working with
them in training."


Well its a bit up in the air at present, not sure if he can take us forward.
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