West Brom display great spirit in face of adversity

Baggies show the kind of fight required to maintain Premier League status

Fight. The most important word that has been uttered around the West Bromwich Albion community over the last few months. The exact ingredient required in large doses to save their nightmare season, and it’s what they delivered against Swansea.

All associated with the Hawthorns club know that spirit runs deep within their foundations. ‘The Great Escape’ of 2005 will still be talked about for centuries to come. The only side ever to be bottom at Christmas and escape the Premier League drop. They know what it takes to survive.

Amid the off-field calamity of the Nicolas Anelka sacking, Albion had nothing to lose by taking the game to Swanesa. It began disastrously as Roland Lamah gave the Swans the lead inside of five minutes. But goals from the sparkling Sessegnon and consistent Mulumbu handed Albion only their second victory since November.

This must now be built on for the remainder of the season. Their current squad is not great, filled with too many loan signings and panic buys, but it is by no means the worst. The Baggies are stronger on paper than at least three teams scrapping for survival. Fulham, Norwich and Sunderland to name a few. But they must continue to dig in if they want to stay in the world’s most fascinating league.

Pepe Mel showed his strength of character in abundance against Swansea. A mediocre first-half performance did not see the Spaniard rush into substitutions at half-time. He backed his tactics and more importantly his players’. It paid off.

Albion face three colossal fixtures in the next three weeks. Hull, Cardiff and Norwich all sit within three points either-side of the Baggies. If they continue to show the fight that they displayed in South Wales yesterday, their fans can for once this season be optimistic about their chances of staying up.

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