Evans: West Brom won’t give up

West Brom defender Jonny Evans insists the Baggies squad remains convinced that they can turn their form around and avoid relegation.

Manager Alan Pardew’s charges slumped to their fifth consecutive Premier League defeat on Saturday when a winner from Troy Deeney secured all three points for Watford at Vicarage Road.

The result leaves West Brom at the bottom of the league standings, eight points below safety with nine games left to salvage their campaign.

“The most important thing for us is that we still believe,” Evans said, according to the Express and Star. “We’re working hard. You could see that.

“The fans were receptive to that and it gave us a lift. They appreciated the work rate we put in today. We thank them for travelling.”

“We had a lot of meetings in the week about how to be more secure behind the ball, stop teams breaking on us as much,” he added.

“But when you’re pushing to win the game, things become a bit more stretched. Gaps start to appear and they got the goal.

“It’s difficult to take. At half time we were pretty pleased with certain aspects of our performance.

“I really felt like we could go out and win the game in the second half. But once they got the goal we found it difficult. They defended well to keep the clean sheet.”