Darren Moore admits West Brom’s season has been “absolutely bizarre” but intends to continue his side’s unbeaten run in Sunday’s clash against Crystal Palace.
Albion’s inevitable relegation from the Premier League was confirmed on Tuesday when Southampton beat Swansea 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium.
The Baggies began the season eyeing at least a top-half finish, only for poor performances, managerial changes, boardroom sackings and off-field indiscipline to lead them to the drop.
There remains a positive mood around The Hawthorns, however, due to the impact caretaker boss Moore has had during a five-game run in which the team have taken 11 points from a possible 15.
Ahead of their final match of the season at Palace on Sunday, Moore said: “Yes it’s been a bizarre season really, absolutely bizarre.
“In pre-season, nobody could have foreseen what was to come but I said from the start when I came in, you can’t cry over spilt milk.
“It was about looking forward to the future, focusing on the final six weeks and to try to get continuity, togetherness, unity and team spirit – all things which go in tandem with a team moving successfully forward.
“We’ve had that from everybody at the football club. We’ve come together and it’s led to positive performances and the results then followed.
“That was the important thing. It’s probably seen as a disastrous season but I think we all agree that we’ve finished on a real positive in the last few games.”
Moore – who won manager of the month for his impact at Albion – wants that to continue until the curtain falls on Sunday.
“It would be great to finish on an unbeaten run,” he said.
“We know it’s going to be another difficult game, as they all are. We’re just focused on trying to make sure our planning and preparation is good.
“In terms of the unbeaten run, the record is there for everybody else to speak about. We’re just going into the game knowing we need to be at our absolute best to get a result.”