Alan Pardew will take inspiration from Saturday’s opponents Leicester as he looks for a win to kick-start West Brom’s Premier League survival bid.
Albion are eight points adrift of safety with nine games remaining this season but Pardew pointed to Leicester’s 2014-15 campaign, when they had just 19 points from 29 games but took 22 from their last nine to avoid relegation.
The Foxes memorably went on to win the title the following year but Pardew is simply focused on the first part of the equation.
He said: “Leicester, who we play tomorrow, were in a similar position a few years ago and got themselves out of it.
“Our fans have been very tolerant. Hopefully our fans will be patient with us tomorrow and I hope we can give them a reward.
Pardew could be without two of the senior players disciplined after the club’s recent training camp in Spain, with captain Jonny Evans possibly joining knee injury victim Gareth Barry on the sidelines.
“Gareth Barry won’t make it,” said Pardew. “Jonny Evans is a doubt – he’s had a virus this week.”
Further forward, Pardew revealed Daniel Sturridge is “getting closer” after a recent hamstring problem but will not feature, but fellow striker Hal Robson-Kanu “is back for us tomorrow so that’s a bonus”.