10 Feb Alan Pardew: Pivotal period in survival battle for ALbion
West Brom boss Alan Pardew admits Albion are on the brink of a season-defining run in their battle for survival.
The Baggies are rock bottom of the Premier League ahead of their trip to Chelsea on Monday.
Pardew has won just once in his 12 league games in charge since replacing Tony Pulis in November with Albion victorious just three times in the top flight this term.
They also face Huddersfield, Watford, Leicester, Bournemouth and Burnley before the end of March and Pardew conceded it is now or never.
He said: “Definitely, from where we are right now. At any point of the season, that would be an important period, but certainly where we are it is.
“But our focus is very much on Chelsea, because if we can get a result there it can make up for the defeat against Southampton.
“There could be a seven-point gap but that’s hypothetical at this stage. At the moment it’s four. All I do know is at some point this team needs to win three games out of three or three games out of four.
“We’re capable of doing that, if I didn’t think we were then I would worry.
The Baggies lost 3-2 at home to Southampton last weekend which left them four points from the safety line.
Kieran Gibbs, Jonny Evans and Grzegorz Krychowiak are all likely to return at Stamford Bridge.
Jay Rodriguez is available despite being charged by the Football Association for allegedly racially abusing Brighton’s Gaetan Bong, something he denies.
And Pardew is looking for his side to rediscover the form which saw them lose once in seven games over December and January.
“We need to put some points on the board and our performance and level of play, right up to Liverpool (a 3-2 FA Cup win), was probably the best we’ve been,” he said.
“Unfortunately we can’t change that, it was what it was. Southampton on the day deserved to win, make no bones about that.
“We need to get back to where we were just a week ago.”