Chris Brunt has vowed to “make amends” for West Brom’s disappointing FA Cup exit at Reading – and wants to move on from the shameful coin-throwing incident that further soured the defeat.
Brunt was struck in the face by a 50p coin thrown from the away end following the final whistle at the Madejski Stadium, which saw the Baggies beaten 3-1 and miss out on a place in the last eight of the FA Cup.
The coin left Brunt, who has made over 300 appearances since joining West Brom in August 2007, with a cut just below his left eye.
It was thrown as the Northern Irishman went over to thanks Baggies fans for their support and to pass his shirt to a young girl in the crowd.
Yet despite the appalling treatment he received, Brunt is more determined than ever to prove his worth and to right the wrongs of the Reading result.
“I will work towards Crystal Palace and try to make amends for a disappointing performance,” the 31-year-old said.
“If selected I will do my best to the best of my ability.
“I am a professional and trying to do my job to the best of my ability.
“If some people don’t think that is good that is their opinion.
“But the manager and coaches pick the team and if I am there I will do the job to the best of my ability.
“That is what I am there to do.”