Reid determined to say positive

  • Last Updated: April 13 2014, 13:19 BST

West Brom defender Steven Reid is keen to keep Saturday's 3-3 draw with Tottenham in perspective and has stressed the sense of hurt at the result is not as great as that he felt after Albion were held by Cardiff two weeks ago.

Steven Reid and West Brom blew a 3-0 lead against Tottenham
Steven Reid and West Brom blew a 3-0 lead against Tottenham

In both matches, the Baggies' last two at home, they have raced into an early lead only to let their advantage slip and end up drawing 3-3 due to the concession of a stoppage-time goal.

Following the game against fellow Barclays Premier League strugglers Cardiff, frustrations boiled over within the home camp as midfielder James Morrison hit team-mate Saido Berahino.

And West Brom boss Pepe Mel confirmed on Saturday there had once again been anger in the dressing room.

It seems it was kept to verbal exchanges on this occasion, though, and Reid has emphasised his own emotions were "nowhere near" those he had in the aftermath of the Bluebirds encounter.

Indeed, the 33-year-old is determined to take a positive view of the outcome against sixth-placed Spurs - even though the hosts had been 3-0 up with just over half an hour gone.

"Going into the game, if we were honest with ourselves, then a point would have been a good result," said Reid, quoted on www.wba.co.uk.

"The feeling I've got personally is nowhere near the feeling I had after Cardiff.

"We've gone 3-0 up, yes, and we should have held on and won the game.

"But we've just got to stay as positive as possible and look upon it as a good point. It's another point closer to safety.

"It's a deflated dressing room but we've just got to take the positives."

West Brom are three points clear of the relegation zone in 16th place with five matches to go, one more game than the three sides directly below them.

Between the Cardiff and Tottenham results, Albion beat Norwich and they have lost only once in their last five fixtures, taking eight points from the 15 on offer.

And Reid added: "We're on a decent run at the minute.

"There's a few teams around the bottom struggling for form and we're one of those in good form.

"It's another point, even though it should have been a win, and we look forward to a nice easy one at Manchester City on Easter Monday!"

Mel admitted his side had sat back too much after going 3-0 up through goals from Matej Vydra in the first minute, Chris Brunt in the fourth and then, after Emmanuel Adebayor's penalty was saved by Ben Foster, a 31st-minute effort by Stephane Sessegnon.

Jonas Olsson deflected in an own-goal in the 34th minute and Harry Kane made it 3-2 with a header in the 70th before Christian Eriksen struck the late equaliser.

Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood felt Albion had miscalculated with their approach and echoed Reid's thoughts that the Baggies would have taken a point if they had been offered it beforehand.

The Spurs manager also believes West Brom will beat the drop.

Sherwood - whose own side, with four games to go, are four points behind fifth-placed Arsenal and six behind fourth-placed Everton, both of whom have five matches left - said: "As much as West Brom were very spirited going forward, I thought they were there to be taken, defensively.

"You get edgy, don't you. They are fighting for their lives and every point is important. I can understand that and have been in that situation before myself.

"You do get edgy and take an extra couple of steps back. Unfortunately it is the wrong thing to do - I just think in the end, if you let someone else keep throwing punches, you are going to get knocked out.

"It doesn't matter what personnel Pepe changed it with - once the momentum swings towards us, I think it is hard to swing it back the other way.

"I think before the game if you had offered West Brom a point towards safety out of it, they would have taken it.

"They wouldn't have taken it at 3-0 up, of course - certainly, they would have wanted to go on and win the game. But I think it is a vital point towards their safety. And I believe they will be safe."

Meanwhile, Olsson was set for tests on Sunday to determine the extent of the Achilles problem that forced him off in the Tottenham match, with Mel hopeful the defender will be fit for the trip to Manchester City.