Time to back Baggies boss Mel

Thursday 13th March 2014 13:53

Pepe Mel: Talk of sacking boss is nonsense says FanZoner Joe Chapman

Pepe Mel: Talk of sacking boss is nonsense says FanZoner Joe Chapman

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West Brom FanZoner Joe Chapman is backing boss Pepe Mel as the Baggies bid to beat the drop this season.

I bought a Spanish flag today in preparation for the trip to the Liberty Stadium on Saturday. I guess at this point in the season, as a fan, it's just about blind faith.

While Manchester United remain Manchester United (despite their slip-ups, which have occurred with an uncommon frequency this campaign), you couldn't help but feel positive in the build up to the match last weekend.

We seem to raise our game against the bigger sides in this division, taking for granted our fixtures with the likes of Crystal Palace and Fulham, yet troubling the top six when they visit the Hawthorns. Only Manchester City have claimed three points this year at Albion prior to their neighbours' visit last Saturday.

The return of Claudio Yacob was a welcome sight, only for Marouane Fellaini to see to that early on. Hopefully our dogged Argentinian won't be absent for too long; he's been exceptional in what has been an underwhelming season and we've missed his presence at times.

Another huge blow came yesterday with the news that captain Chris Brunt is out for the next six weeks. The Northern Irish midfielder (who recently became Albion's most capped international) has been my player of the season, and I find it incredible that he divides so many fans. Despite his lack of pace, his left foot is among the best in the league - just think where we'd be without his assists.

Alongside those two, you can add both right backs in Steven Reid and Billy Jones, the now infamous Nicolas Anelka and Diego Lugano. The injuries are piling up, which is just typical of our season when you consider our next four games are going to virtually decide our fate. Michu making his long awaited return against the Baggies for the Swans is also emblematic of where we are with our luck recently.

Trips to Swansea, Hull and Norwich, with the entertainment of Cardiff in between, must yield at least six points I feel if we are going to give ourselves a chance in the run-in. After that, we host Stoke and West Ham, with not much in between to choose from as regards to where our points are coming from.

The pressure just seems to be growing ever stronger on our boss Pepe Mel at the moment. I'm still not 100 per cent sure why, to be honest. Talk of sacking him is nonsense, and if he keeps us up from here, he'll be going down in Albion folklore. That is the measure of the task that lay ahead when he took the job, and continues to do so now. I, like many others, will be right behind him until the final whistle goes against the Potters on May 11.

My team for the trip to Wales: Foster; Dawson, McAuley, Olsson; Amalfitano, Mulumbu, Dorrans, Morrison, Berahino; Sessgnon, Anichebe.

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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