Some pundits have suggested that with a finish in the top half of the Premier League table all but guaranteed, some of the players may take it a little easier during the remaining weeks of the campaign.
However, speaking after his side's 2-1 loss at home to Arsenal this afternoon, Clarke decided to stand up for his players.
"The response was good. The performance deserved to get something from the game. I don't think you can say we took it easy or didn't display a determination to get something from the game," he told reporters.
Next up for the Baggies is a home encounter against Newcastle United.