Midfielder Robert Koren insists it is vital that West Bromwich Albion persevere with their flowing brand of football in order to halt their run of three successive Barclays Premier League defeats.
The Baggies may have scored fewer goals in the top flight than any other side – eight in ten games – and currently have the worst goal difference, but the Slovenian steadfastly believes that keeping the faith is the answer and they need to remain upbeat when they tackle visitors Blackburn Rovers tomorrow.
He said: “We have quality players here and everybody knows the kind of style we are trying to play.
“We want to keep the ball and there has been no problem with that but, defensively, we know we have to concentrate more when the opposition have the ball and we need to stay more compact and not let them create too many chances to score.
“Offensively, we need to create more chances and get a striker into top form. At this level, you need a striker in top form because they only get one or two chances in a game. But we know we need to stick together and keep going.
“We want to pass the ball around and that won’t change so we are looking forward to the next few games.”
Importantly, Koren’s beliefs are shared unequivocally by his team-mates. Having conceded ten goals in their last three games and scored just one, Albion are sensibly seeking solace in the quality of their performances which have suggested that regular success in the Premier League is not beyond them.
Koren added: “Our confidence isn’t shaken because so far we have shown we can compete at this level but there are certainly some small things that we need to do better defensively and offensively.
“We are passing the ball around well but sometimes maybe we need to pass it a bit quicker to hurt the opposition when they’re not ready.
“We have talked about it at team meetings. We know what we need to do in the future and we will compare ourselves well for the next game.
“There are a lot of games until the end of the season and we will do whatever is needed to stay in the league.”
“In the last two games, the results didn’t go our way and we are really disappointed, especially with Hull because we lost [3-0] at home in front of our fans. “In the first half, we created some chances and should have scored
“At Newcastle United in the first half [on Tuesday when Albion lost 2-1] we didn’t play well in the second half we started to play a little bit better. We scored one goal but it wasn’t good enough to get any points.
“We are really disappointed but we still have a lot of games before the end of the season and we need to focus on the next game.”