West Brom: Pepe Mel puts faith in Baggies sinners

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West Brom boss Pepe Mel has backed his sinners to become saints as they continue their quest for Premier League survival.

The Baggies looked like putting some clear daylight between themselves and the bottom three when they led Cardiff 3-2 deep into stoppage time on Saturday, only for Mats Moller Daehli to net an equaliser for the Welsh outfit.

The result means that the west Midlanders are three points clear of the drop zone in 17th place having played one game less than 18th-placed Cardiff.

But things could have been so much better had they been able to hang on for just two minutes after Thievy Bifouma had given them the lead just a couple of minutes before the end of a pulsating contest.

West Brom now have seven more games to stave of relegation and face some tough teams in the run-in, with matches against Tottenham, Manchester City and Arsenal still to come.

But they also play teams in the lower reaches of the table with Norwich, West Ham, Sunderland and Stoke all on the horizon.

Mel was incensed that his charges could not get over the line at the weekend but is confident that they will be able to get the job done over the remaining seven games of the campaign.

“Leading the game 3-2 we should have killed the game off,” he said. “We have really sinned – we sinned as if we were an inexperienced team.

“It’s normal that people won’t be happy. There is a lot at stake, but we trust in the players.”

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