Jonas Olsson believes West Brom can afford to start looking up rather than down after a first win in six Premier League games on Saturday.
Salomon Rondon’s 15th-minute effort, pinching on the line what would have been Olsson’s headed goal from a corner, was all that was needed for a 1-0 victory over Everton at Goodison Park.
It was a typically gritty Tony Pulis-style performance that lifted West Brom eight points clear of the bottom three and up to 32 points.
“It is a big three points for us,” said Olsson.
“We have been struggling a bit lately in the league so to come here and win is a massive performance for us.
“It is still so tight, as it is usually is between sixth, seventh, eighth place and 16th and 17th, but with this win I think we have started to look up rather than what is beneath us.
“Now have a few home games to look forward to and hopefully we can get over the line (reaching the perceived safety mark of 40 points) sooner or later.
“It is normally January or February where you have to make your mark.”
Everton dominated possession and had 34 attempts on goal, only six of which were on target, as 12 of the Toffees’ 13 outfield players used were credited with a shot with only late substitute Leon Osman missing out.
“The statistics show when we get the first goal we are a hard team to beat,” added Olsson.
“I can’t really remember any really clear-cut chances apart from Ross Barkley hitting the post in the first half and then a mishit cross (from Tom Cleverley) which hit the woodwork as well.
“They had a lot of the ball and a lot of chances but in the end we dug it out and it was comfortable to defend.”
In fact the only thing which troubled West Brom all afternoon was deciding who had actually got the winning goal.
Olsson’s looping header from Stephane Sessegnon’s corner confused goalkeeper Joel Robles and was destined to drop inside the far post until Rondon bundled it home.
“I thought it was in so I was claiming it on the pitch but I have seen the replays and it is really hard to tell,” said the Swedish centre-back.
“I try to argue it does not matter who gets the goals, but I would be lying to myself.
“It is a good corner from Sess and I just tried to flick it on and Salomon is there, like a striker is at the right place and right time and just made sure he got it in the net.
“Fair play to him, it is good for him to get a goal, but it is always nice to score.”