West Brom winger Robert Snodgrass has backed manager Sam Allardyce to keep the Baggies in the Premier League this season.
The former West Ham and Everton manager faces a mammoth task however, with Albion currently 12 points behind Newcastle United in 17th place.
Allardyce replaced Slaven Bilic in the dugout at the Hawthorns in mid-December, and Snodgrass believes that he has brought spirit back to the dressing room.
As reported by the Express and Star, Snodgrass said:
“He (Allardyce) is getting the lads buying into what he does – which is keeping teams in the Premier League and winning football matches.
“Collectively we have to stop conceding goals – because that is what wins you football matches. We are scoring goals so it’s crucial we stop the ball going into our net.
“We will keep working on it on the training ground until we get it right.”
A mountain to climb
While not impossible, it does seem as though the odds are stacked against West Brom’s survival this season.
Albion have only managed 19 goals in their 24 league games this season, while they’ve shipped a colossal 55 goals at the other end.
That said, the Baggies’ next four games are against struggling opposition, presenting the club with the best possible chance to rack up some points in successive games.
Albion face Burnley on Saturday, while their following three games will be against Brighton, Newcastle and Crystal Palace – all sides hovering above the relegation zone.
West Brom are winless in the previous six Premier League games, meaning that the club must use their upcoming run of fixtures to break that streak if they hope to avoid the drop.