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Both managers will be urging their sides to bounce back from recent setbacks as West Bromwich Albion play Norwich City at The Hawthorns Saturday.

West Brom (3-6-5) lost 3-2 at home to Manchester City Wednesday just four days after being defeated 2-1 at Newcastle. The Baggies have just one win in their last eight league outings and have dropped to 13th place in the standings with 15 points from 14 matches.

Baggies boss Steve Clarke admitted 3-2 was a fair scoreline against Manuel Pellegrini's side and insisted he was satisfied with the performance of his own players.

"We wanted to stay in the game as long as possible but they managed to get themselves away with the two goals in the first half and it makes it difficult against a good team," Clarke said after the Manchester City game. "We tried our best to get back into the game in the second half.

"But credit to our players because we kept going and we got our reward at the end with two late goals which, in my opinion, put a fairer reflection on the balance of play.

Norwich (4-2-8) are 16th, one point and three places behind West Brom, after winning only two of their last eight Premier League matches.

The Canaries were beaten 5-1 at Liverpool in midweek, with Uruguay striker Luis Suarez scoring four times for the Merseysiders.

Norwich boss Chris Hughton, whose future at the club has been the subject of media speculation in recent weeks, was critical of his side's defending and the way they handled Suarez at Anfield.

"If you give someone like him the freedom to play, then there's only one outcome," Hughton told his club's official website. "It's about individuals and individuals have to defend better.

"You can get your team into a really good shape but you have to rely on individuals to perform well, and they didn't tonight. We will work hard and we'll demand more of everybody. We've managed to turn things around on the back of a bad defeat before."

Norwich's away form has been particularly disappointing this season, with only one victory and six defeats from their seven top-flight road matches. The Canaries have been outscored 21-4 in those matches.

West Brom defender Jonas Olsson will sit out the Norwich match after earning a one-match ban for an accumulation of yellow cards, but midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu is available again after he missed the Manchester City defeat due to suspension.

Norwich will be without Anthony Pilkington (hamstring), Robert Snodgrass (knee) and Ricky van Wolfswinkel (ankle).

West Brom fought back to beat Norwich 2-1 at The Hawthorns last term. Zoltan Gera and Romelu Lukaku netted for the Baggies after Snodgrass had opened the scoring for the Canaries. Norwich avenged that defeat by thrashing West Brom 4-0 at Carrow Road later in the campaign with strikes from Snodgrass, Grant Holt, Jonny Howson and an own by Gareth McAuley.

Overall, the two sides have met in 49 league and cup matches, with West Brom winning 20 times and Norwich 16. There have been 13 draws.

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