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Mel coping with pressure of retaining West Brom's Premiership status

West Bromwich Albion head coach Pepe Mel has admitted he is a man under pressure but remains confident the Baggies will avoid the drop. But with the club only enjoying one win from their last 14 league matches overall, Mel knows he has to start collecting three points if Albion are to avoid relegation.

"We played well in the second half against Everton, in the first 25 to 30 minutes at Villa, again for 15 to 20 minutes against Liverpool in the first half and throughout the second half," assessed Mel.

"But I know we need 90-minute performances, and I hope we get them soon because we need to take three points.

"In March, April, we need to be calm, to know we are in the Premier League for next season."

Asked if he was under pressure to win games, Mel replied: "Yes, I am the head coach.

"I know it's important to win matches because West Brom need to stay in the Premier League.

"It's about precision. I need to change things, and the last match (a 1-1 draw with Liverpool) was better."

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