Mel: Time to believe

  • Last Updated: April 17 2014, 23:02 BST

West Brom boss Pepe Mel has been speaking to his players about maintaining their self-belief in matches after they threw away another healthy lead last weekend.

Pepe Mel: Staying positive at The Hawthorns
Pepe Mel: Staying positive at The Hawthorns

Saturday saw Albion, for a second home game in succession, end up drawing 3-3 despite having raced ahead in the opening stages, with Tottenham holding them on that occasion.

The Baggies had been 3-0 up inside 31 minutes against Spurs and in their previous fixture at The Hawthorns they led Cardiff 2-0 after nine minutes.

To only secure a point towards their bid to avoid relegation from the Barclays Premier League from each encounter has been hugely frustrating for the midlands outfit - as shown by a dressing room incident involving midfielder James Morrison and team-mate Saido Berahino in the aftermath of the Cardiff match.

And asked on Thursday at his press conference to preview Monday's trip to Manchester City if his players were having problems with nerves after establishing an advantage in their games, Mel said: "Yes, this is something we have talked about this week.

"We have talked about not changing the style of play and our mentality, and actually believing in ourselves.

"I think it is true to say that Tottenham made us change our style of play and that proved to be detrimental.

"But I think that overall, we still had a great game."

Although acknowledging his players had sat back too much in the Tottenham game having gone 3-0 up and speaking about their disappointment afterwards, Mel has also been adamant there was plenty to be encouraged by in that performance.

And he added on Thursday: "Our feelings really are very positive.

"We played against a very strong side and actually to score three goals against Tottenham is a real achievement.

"We played well and we have to try to take the positives from the game."

Mel certainly appeared upbeat himself on Thursday, which perhaps should come as no surprise.

While they have let leads slip recently, West Brom are on a fairly decent run of results, having won two and drawn two of their last five games - those victories being their first under the Spaniard.

They are 16th in the table, three points clear of the drop zone with five more matches to play, one more than the three sides directly below them.

And Mel once again stressed his absolute belief that the Baggies will not go down, suggesting their relegation is "impossible".

Asked if he was enjoying the job, the 51-year-old - appointed in January - said: "Yes, of course.

"People have really been very kind towards me.

"I'm at a very professional club and I'm sure that I am going to go on and achieve the objective I was brought here for."

When asked whether he would want to stay as Albion boss even if the club got relegated, Mel - who has already admitted he does not know how much of a future he has in the role - said: "It is impossible that West Brom will go down - it is not really even something we have been thinking about.

"As for my future, we will talk about that in a few weeks' time."

One thing Mel insists his future does not hold is a return to his previous club Real Betis.The Spanish outfit, bottom of the Primera Division when Mel was sacked by them in December, are still propping up the table.This week Betis president Manuel Dominguez Platas has been quoted as saying the club "perhaps should have given him (Mel) a bit more time", and members of the playing squad as saying the decision to dismiss him was a mistake.But asked about that on Thursday, Mel said: "Unfortunately, you can't go back on things that you've already done in the past."Now my mind is fully focused on West Brom."No - for me, it's not a possibility. I want to stay here - I see my future in England."It's not an option for me to go back to Betis, and I'm going to do everything to try to stay here at West Brom."In any event, I'd still want to be coaching at a high level."