Steve Watson has lamented the relentless mistakes that have seen West Bromwich Albion lose three successive matches in the Premiership, writes Hyder Jawad
The 2-1 defeat at home to Wigan Athletic on Saturday was the most depressing of the lot - Albion had previously lost to Chelsea and Birmingham City - and midfield player Watson says that the road to recovery will begin in training this morning.
Albion have slipped to 17th position in the Premiership, with four points from five matches, while the players were jeered off the field by their own supporters after Jimmy Bullard scored Wigan's winning goal two minutes into stoppage time.
"It is too early to sulk," Watson said. "I think Monday will be the most competitive training session you will see.
"We didn't take Wigan lightly. They looked at where we finished last season and saw a chance to get three points, as we did with them and it will be a similar situation against Sunderland next week; it will be a huge game. But as gutted as everyone is about the Wigan match, we will not let our heads go down. We cannot lose confidence. We need to pick ourselves up and stop making mistakes." Albion seemed in control when Jonathan Greening netted a long-range shot in the 26th minute but Wigan equalised through David Connolly just before half-time and scraped an unlikely victory late on.
"We should really have kicked on once we took the lead against Wigan," Watson said. "But we gave a silly goal away again. In fact, most of the goals we have conceded have been silly. Nobody has particularly carved us open with a world-class goal.
"We let someone get in down the side of us and then let someone get out of the corner to set up a simple side-foot strike in injury time.
"We cannot let these things happen. It seems to be mistake after mistake and it needs to be put right.
"We cannot afford to do what happened last season and wait until we are in the mire before we start pulling out results. I hope that we can produce those kinds of performances, no matter what position we are in."
Watson said that the supporters who jeered the team off the pitch had a right to express their opinions.
"They pay a lot of money to watch us and they have a way of letting us know what they think," he said. "We have to put it right. It is our responsibility. It was a disappointing day all round."