Baggies players must adapt

Tuesday 25th February 2014 21:17

Pepe Mel: Albion's players must adapt as best they can to his methods, says Fanzoner Joe Chapman

Pepe Mel: Albion's players must adapt as best they can to his methods, says Fanzoner Joe Chapman

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West Brom Fanzoner Joe Chapman feels Albion's players must adapt as best they can to Pepe Mel's methods as the Baggies bid to beat the drop.

Following difficult fixtures - and impressive draws - with Everton, Chelsea and Liverpool in his opening trio of matches at the Hawthorns, Pepe Mel saw his side drop two points rather than gain one against Fulham on Saturday.

You could have half-guessed that Felix Magath's appointment would have had an immediate impact for the visiting Cottagers, and it seemed that way after they dominated the first half.

Yet again, it was an extremely slow start from Albion, who have now had to come from behind in all four games at home under Mel to rescue a point in the closing stages, but this most recent equaliser from Matej Vydra was greeted with sheer relief that the Baggies had avoided defeat rather than elation.

The fact that Mel and his players had a trip to Spain during their weekend off last week would have put into the minds of the fans that the players and staff were going to be more than ready for the visit of Fulham, and beyond. Following the performance, however, it would seem the warm weather training has had no effect, at least not immediately.

This was confirmed by the news on Tuesday that Mel and the players plan to hold a meeting this week after some supposedly voiced concerns about his methods and their limited success to date. This could either allow the players to get their worries off their chests and move on in a positive manner, or go completely the other way and cast the remainder of the season in doubt.

It's just the latest chapter of a season that has produced very little in the way of cheer for Albion's fans, with only four victories to their name. Somehow the 25,000 that attend the Hawthorns each fortnight must act as the catalysts for the players to perform on the pitch. It is a two-way street, of course; the squad must provide something for the faithful to shout about.

We hear rallying cries in abundance, Victor Anichebe, Chris Brunt and Jonas Olsson among others to issue speeches of motivation, but now they must adapt as well as they possibly can to Pepe's methods for the remainder of the campaign if we are to run out a Premier League outfit come August.

Come on you Baggies!

You can follow Joe on Twitter at @jcwba16 - and don't forget to follow @FanZone too for links to all the latest blogs.

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