West Brom boss Tony Pulis believes he is a victim of his own success amid speculation about his future following nine games without a league win.
West Brom finished 10th last season, and Pulis said: "I understand the more you give, the more people want."
"You don't have to tell me results have to get better," added Pulis, who will be without winger Nacer Chadli "for the foreseeable future" because of a thigh injury.
"Last season we stayed in eighth more than any other position in the league.
"We ended up 10th for third time in club's history. It is only the second time since 1967 that we have finished as the top Midlands club."
And Pulis defended his record at his news conference on Friday and said a visit to see a young fan at a hospice on Thursday "put life in perspective".
"I got a call on Tuesday about the lad becoming very poorly," he said.
"I spent all yesterday afternoon with him. He can't come to the game. That little boy was fantastic. We deal with people all the time who are focused on football, not what life is all about.
"All the pressure we are supposed to be under. We about what he is going through? Or his parents? What is pressure?"
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