Jonny Evans celebrates after Craig Dawson scored their first goal
Jonny Evans suggested that the questions surrounding West Brom's desire in the remaining weeks of the season helped motivate the Baggies for their clash with Arsenal on Saturday, the Birmingham Mail reports.
Tony Pulis' men have been one of the surprises of the season, putting plenty of pressure on seventh place Everton until recently.
However, after passing the 40 point mark, some began to question whether they had begun to switch off with the European places out of reach and relegation no longer a concern, as they lost to the Toffees and Crystal Palace in their two fixtures leading up to the Gunners game.
But West Brom shut a lot of their critics up as they claimed a 3-1 victory over Arsene Wenger's men at the Hawthorns to consolidate their eighth place position.
West Bromwich Albion's Hal Robson-Kanu celebrates scoring their second goal
And Evans explained that the recent questions about their mentality helped bring the best out of the side.
"We knew people were questioning us and people would be throwing out ‘they’ve slackened off since they got to 40 points’, ‘they’re on the beach’ and all that nonsense," he said, as reported by the Mail.
"The Palace one was (a bad result).
West Bromwich Albion's Craig Dawson celebrates scoring their first goal
"It's human nature sometimes. We were on a good run and it’s not always possible to keep that up.
Following the result, West Brom have a cushion of seven points to the team above them as well as the team below them, so they could certainly be forgiven for turning some of their attention towards next season, as it seems incredibly unlikely that they will move anywhere in the table before the curtain comes down on the campaign.
But if they can continue to put in performances like the one they showed on Saturday, then that will surely boost their chances of enjoying a successful summer window as potential targets are bound to be impressed by what they are seeing.