Albion target return to form

BY foxsports • November 26, 2010

The Baggies have only picked up one point from their last five league games, and Odemwingie believes that is partly down to the added respect teams are now giving them. He said: "After a good start, teams are coming to us, playing more defensively and we are finding it difficult to open them up. "Every success has its effect, teams are not underrating us and it has become more difficult. "I don't think we are playing badly. We've been a bit unlucky and had a few injuries and suspensions. "We just need to add a little bit of extra effort which will bring the goals that got us the points. "We did show we can play and beat any team, so they started looking at us more seriously and that makes things more difficult. "It's something we have to learn and be ready for because if we get back to playing well it's going to happen again, but we'll know how to respond." Odemwingie revealed that the squad had addressed their recent form in team meetings. "We had a few meetings this week, and how we react is what's important," he said. "We just reminded ourselves of our targets, had an open discussion about how we felt as a team, and asked if anyone has ideas about how we can correct the situation and start winning. "The team spirit is still there. There were no quarrels, people who had opinions spoke them and we have to now use those to get back to where we were." Odemwingie says Albion are keen to get back to playing with the abandon that marked out their early season success. He said: "What came out of it is that maybe in the first period of the season we went for the half chances, but now we're a bit more patient, and we've had a few chances and haven't taken them. "We should go and look for the goal more." Head coach Roberto Di Matteo was pleased with the results of the meetings. "We got a great response from the team," he said. "You like have some honesty in those discussions, and you'd like things to be discussed in a room rather than people talking in the corners. "If we put things into perspective, we're in a better position now than the club was two years ago. "We just need to be a bit more clinical in front of goal, but as long as the team keeps creating chances that's a healthy sign." The Baggies take on Everton on Saturday, and Di Matteo believes his opponents' league position is slightly misleading. "They probably haven't got the points they've deserved," he said. "It's going to be a challenge for us as it's a difficult ground to go to."

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