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Sam Allardyce shares clear message with West Brom squad before Aston Villa clash

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Five wins from six games. That seems a tall order, when taking into consideration that West Brom have only managed five wins in their previous 32 league matches this season.

That’s the requirement if you wish to keep your Premier League status though, Sam Allardyce has told his players.

It was a particularly deflating defeat at Leicester on Thursday; the Foxes’ class and meriting of the victory notwithstanding, Albion were infuriatingly below par after building up, in recent weeks, to what promised to be an exciting crescendo in the relegation scrap.

Now Aston Villa are immediately on the horizon. An instant return to winning ways is required as a matter of urgency. Five wins from six games sounds like a monumental task, but it remains possible.

“It would be great,” Allardyce said. “We have got to give it a try. We have got to go one game at a time, that is all we can do. The odds are getting ever shorter.


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“I think we need five wins from six to be absolutely certain. That would give us 39 points which is normally enough. Is four wins going to be enough? Maybe, maybe not.

“With how well Leicester played I would have been happy getting a draw, but I was disappointed in our overall performance in the first half and I didn’t want to get beat four, five six.

“I think if we had gone all out attack Leicester would have picked us off. We are just going to have to try and get these players to hit top form.

“They have shown that consistently over the last 10 games.”

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