Sam Allardyce warned his West Brom squad that the next two games will be crucial to their survival hopes after holding hour-long talks following their latest defeat.
West Brom slipped to a crushing 5-0 defeat after the attacking might of Man City proved overwhelming.
The loss left Allardyce with an unwanted record – becoming the first Premier League manager since QPR’s Chris Ramsey in 2015 to lose their first four home league matches after taking charge of a club.
In the post-match fallout, after holding a dressing-room inquest for almost an hour, Allardyce said: “A few home truths needed to be said, it had to be done now because there’s a short period of time before the next game.
“These next two games (Fulham and Sheffield United) really stand high in what we need to do. I needed to get my feelings to the players out of the way. They needed to air their views, which is fine as we are all in it together.
“I was disappointed in the performance and to get it out the way means we can learn from it and we don’t see it again. I can accept defeat but not like that.
“What will determine our fate comes in the next two games. A win and a draw is the least we have to try to get.
“We have got to work out what it is, playing at home. There’s no pressure from the fans so we have to work out what.”
Snodgrass responds to controversial City goal
New West Brom recruit Robert Snodgrass also spoke to the press, saying (via the BBC): “I don’t think anyone is happy. No excuses
“If you’re going to get out of the relegation zone, we can’t have errors, as they are clinical in the final third. We need to dust ourselves down and get ready for another game on Saturday.
“We’re not blaming any decision. It’s a difficult one to take. Once you look back at it, it was the delay in the flag going up – that was a hard decision. That’s just one of the things that went wrong.
“Whatever happens we are sticking together but we need to put in a far better performance come Saturday.
“I’m here for the fight. We did everything we possibly could and I think if you look back at this, as a team, will realise that isn’t good enough. Tonight we’re not going to try and blame everyone else. We’re going to take it on the chin and dust ourselves down.
“No hiding place in the Premier League, these top boys punish you.”