Mel wants stronger defence

Manager Pepe Mel has called for West Brom to show their defensive mettle as they prepare to face Cardiff City at the Hawthorns.

Last Updated: 29/03/14 at 15:46 Post Comment

Pepe Mel: West Brom manager has called for his side to show their defensive mett

Pepe Mel: West Brom manager has called for his side to show their defensive mett

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

West Brom have just three Premier League home wins this season - the most recent against Newcastle on New Year's Day - and only one victory since Mel's appointment in January.

"The way we're approaching the game is to be defensively strong," Mel told the club's website.

"It's been quite a long time since West Brom have kept a clean sheet. We've been conceding some very early goals and that means we have to put a lot of effort in.

"In a lot of the games at home we have gone in at half-time 1-0 down and that means we need to put in extra effort. That's why we have highlighted the kick-off against Hull.

"If you look at the video it shows within two seconds of kick-off we lost the ball.

"You simply cannot lose the ball in the first moments of the game - it was a counter-attack and a cross, which nearly produced a goal.

"This is exactly why we are working hard to make sure this does not happen."

West Brom are three points ahead of Saturday's opponents - but with a game in hand and a far superior goal difference - and Mel knows how pivotal victory this weekend could be.

"We're very capable of creating scoring opportunities and we're convinced, if we don't concede, we'll be able to win the game," he added.

"It's obvious if we concede fewer goals we'll have greater opportunity because we're a team from midfield going forward that create opportunities and are successful in that."

Striker Victor Anichebe faces a fitness test on a hamstring problem.

Mel said: "He is an important player for us and if he doesn't play from the start we'll try at least to get him on the bench to come on.

"But we also have (Saido) Berahino, (Matej) Vydra, Thievy (Bifouma), (Stephane) Sessegnon and (Zoltan) Gera - all players who are capable of playing that role."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

N

ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

medina_sod
Allardyce leaves West Ham

I

thought exactly this when the Match of the Day pundits were peddling this line. Is it really not okay for fans of a club to have some ambition these days then?

damoceltic
Bored Of Big Sam? It's Your Right...

H

ow magnanimous off him - to leave if he's asked to by the owners? What's the alternative, bunker down in his office claiming squatter's rights if FSG want rid?

feed the bear
Rodgers: I'll go if owners want

Footer 365

Sepp Blatter: Tiny minority to blame for FIFA crisis

Sepp Blatter has told FIFA's annual congress he had no way of monitoring "a tiny minority" of officials accused of corruption.

Sepp Blatter lies low as David Cameron joins opposition to FIFA president's re-election

Sepp Blatter held an emergency meeting in Zurich on Thursday morning as David Cameron joined those calling for his head.

CONCACAF have 'provisionally dismissed' president Jeffrey Webb

CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb has been 'provisionally dismissed' by the governing body for football in North and Central America.

Mail Box

What Is It That FIFA Actually Do?

That's the question raised timidly by someone sat at the back of the room, whilst others remind that UEFA aren't perfect either. Plus a few more gone on to better XIs...

Time To Step Up, Mr Platini...

UEFA should step up and extend the Euros to replace FIFA's tarnished World Cup, say a couple of mailboxers. Also: all hail Carlo, King of the Kop, and plenty more Budget XIs...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company