Sam Allardyce has explained what he is asking for from his West Brom players after he picked up his first win as Baggies boss on Saturday.
West Brom claimed their first Premier League win since November with a 3-2 win over Wolves in the Black Country Derby.
Despite surrendering an early lead to trail at half time, two quickfire second half goals earned them the three points.
It takes them six clear of last placed Sheffield United and just three points from 17th placed West Brom. Expectations are now rising that Allardyce could mastermind another great escape.
As well as the result, the performance at Molineux itself was much improved too. Compared to some other showings of late, there was much more grit, determination and belief on display.
And asked post-match by BT Sport what he has done to inspire those changes, Allardyce said: “I think that we cover the areas we need to cover.
“Sometimes people say that you can’t actually show players too much negatives. But I think you show the negatives, which is for me constructive criticism.
“I think how you present it and how you follow it through by keeping talking to them about ‘can you do a little bit of this better?’
“I’m really only asking the players to improve their overall fitness, their overall technique, their overall game and team play by one percent, no more than that. If you add all that up together that’s quite a big improvement.
“So I’m not asking for great or big improvements from each individual, I’m asking for everybody to do better. Do that little bit better. Be that little bit more consistent.
“Of course today the only criticism I have is the two goals we conceded.”
Big Sam not satisfied with current squad
Although West Brom players have made some progress under Allardyce, he still wants to bring in new recruits in January.
Robert Snodgrass and Andy Lonergan have already moved to the Hawthorns this month. But the experienced coach believes adding more fresh faces to the squad will only benefit the team in the remainder of the campaign.
“In my experience, you only have to look what happened at Blackburn, Sunderland, Crystal Palace and Everton when you get better players,” he recalled.
“Better players come in and play in the team, and then the team gets better. Everybody that plays in the team gets more money, gets bonus money, gets out of the Premier League [relegation zone], secures their contract for next year and that’s what we do.
“I think that’s why new players should come in- it actually lifts the standard. But the hard bit is actually bringing them in better than what we already have.”
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