Clarke was forced to concede that the Premier League champions deserved the plaudits for their brave comeback, but also revealed his satisfaction with his own side's display.
He said: "It is a difficult one to take but we have to give credit to City. They showed why they are champions - the way they played with 10 men was tremendous.
"Saying that, we put them in a position where they were reduced to 10 men and we acquitted ourselves very well and showed we are a very good team too."
The result was West Brom's first home defeat of the season, but they remain sixth in the Premier League table despite the defeat.