West Brom manager Slaven Bilic has claimed that positivity is key to his side turning around their fortunes in the Premier League this season.
The Baggies have suffered two consecutive defeats since returning to the top flight, including a 5-2 humbling at the hands of Everton last weekend.
Next up for Albion is a tricky clash against big spenders Chelsea, but Bilic is trying to focus on the positives that he has seen from his team since taking over in the dugout at The Hawthorns.
As quoted by the Express and Star, when asked how he planned to combat the Baggies’ current slump, he said: “By being positive. Okay, you can’t come in laughing. You have to be critical, but you can’t be down.
“It’s not easy because it has come all of a sudden. We only recently got promoted. Last year we lost seven games.
“Seven times out of 46 you are sad, you are angry. But mainly we were happy.
“Now it’s a bit different. We want to stop it, we want to make it like last year.”
Albion face a big, big task when they come up against Frank Lampard’s men on Saturday evening, but there are definitely reasons to be optimistic.
Up until the point that Kieran Gibbs was dismissed against Everton last weekend, Bilic’s men were firmly in the game, even after throwing away their early lead.
Granted, Chelsea might not be the best side to build upon those signs of promise against, but a steelier performance would surely set the Baggies up well for a subsequent run of fixtures that sees them play Southampton, Burnley, Brighton, and Fulham in quick succession.
They are all winnable games, and provide West Brom with a much better opportunity to show us where they really are in terms of their survival hopes this term.
In other West Brom news, Albion are expecting to complete another signing by the end of the week.