West Brom defender rejects criticism, says club's recent results are unfair reflection

Jonas Olsson does not believe the return of one point from the last five games has mirrored their performances in recent weeks.

West Bromwich Albion defender Jonas Olsson has insisted that the club's poor string of recent results has not been a true reflection of their performances on the pitch, as quoted by the Express & Star.

Albion lost 2-0 at Arsenal on Thursday night to leave them with just one goal and one point from the last five league matches, a run which has seen them fall to 15th, their lowest position in six months.

That streak has come after it looked as though fresh life had been breathed into the Baggies season when they won three and drew one in a four-game stretch earlier this year, including a win over Manchester United.

The slump since that encouraging set of results has led to increased frustration and criticism from the club's fans, but Olsson insists that his side have deserved more than they have got from recent matches.

The Swedish centre-back said, as quoted by the Express & Star: "I accept criticism when you lose four games in five, but I can't really see that we're not having a go. Anyone who saw us at Man City - one of four teams left in the Champions League - we played football and created chances.

"Against Watford we created chances and missed two penalties. If we put those in we win the game 2-1 and everyone is saying you're still going strong and it's a good game. As a player, results are everything. But in terms of performances sometimes you have to look beyond the result.

"It's not good enough to lose four games in five we're aware of that. But we hopefully can set things straight on Monday. Hopefully we can put in a good end to the season because all in all, beyond these couple of weeks, it's been a pretty good season."

The Baggies travel to title chasers Tottenham Hotspur on Monday night looking for a first victory since beating Louis van Gaal's United on 6 March.

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