Matt Clarke: Mood in West Brom dressing room is down after recent poor form
West Brom defender Matt Clarke has admitted that the mood in the Hawthorns dressing room has dipped following the club’s recent poor form.
Albion have won just one of their last six games, scoring only twice in that run, leaving them fourth in the Championship table and eight points behind the top two.
Valerien Ismael’s side face a crucial game against Midlands rivals Coventry City, who currently sit one point below them, on Saturday afternoon (4 December) at the Coventry Building Society Arena.
Ahead of the game, Clarke spoke to the Express & Star about how the squad are feeling.
“There’s a determination in the dressing room to put things right,” he said. “The results haven’t been what we wanted them to be, so the mood isn’t sky-high.
“But it’s as good as it can be, we’re not panicking and there’s no apprehension.
“We believe in everything we are doing. We want to be winning games. We want to be performing better than we are. We want to be in a better position than we are.
“It’s up to us to find that little bit more. Turning chances into goals and turning draws into victories.”
Stuck in a rut
Considering the expectations were so high at the start of the season for West Brom, it is no surprise that the squad are struggling to come to terms with a big dip in form that has left them way off the pace in the fight for automatic promotion.
The frustration in the squad has been clear to see by the fact that Albion have received more red cards in the last three games (two) than they have scored goals (zero).
Jake Livermore was sent off against Huddersfield and then Jayson Molumby picked up two bookings in the space of 10 minutes against Nottingham Forest.
West Brom must now show they are a good team by lifting themselves out of this rut, with the senior players in the squad needing to step up.
However captain Livermore is serving his second suspension of the season which does not set a good example, while 34-year-old Robert Snodgrass has been ostracized by Valerien Ismael.
Of course it is also down to Ismael, and if he cannot do so, then change could be needed at the Hawthorns.
In other West Brom news, David Prutton has predicted the outcome of Saturday’s game against Coventry City.