The Northern Ireland international made his long-awaited return from the anterior cruciate knee injury he sustained in February that cruelly ruled him out of Euro 2016.
The 31-year-old made a positive impact impact on the match, winning the corner that eventually led to Nacer Chadli’s goal in the 1-1 draw.
“It was great to get on,” he said. “I wasn’t too sure what it would be like. There were 21 players in the squad and I wasn’t sure if I’d make the bench or not.
“When the gaffer told me to get sorted and get ready to go on I was a little bit nervous. But I’ve been training the last five or six weeks and it’s been going OK.
“Nothing really prepares you for the Premier League. I felt good, I was pleased. It’s a step in the right direction. That’s 25 minutes. Maybe [next time] get a little bit longer and try to get back in the team.”
Brunt, who has played for Albion’s under-23s to gain match sharpness in recent weeks, admits there’s nothing quite like playing first-team football.
“You do all the tests and stuff and I know physically I’m fit enough and the knee’s probably better than it was before,” he added. “You know all that but there’s no substitute for playing.”