Lescott: Players must stand up

West Ham’s win at The Hawthorns on Tuesday made it four straight defeats for Albion – three of them in front of their own supporters.

And, with their side approaching Christmas just two points clear of the bottom three, some of those fans have shown signs of turning on a head coach who was a shock appointment when he succeeded Pepe Mel in the summer.

Four of West Brom’s next five games are against sides also in the bottom half, and Lescott said:??”We need to look at ourselves and realise what’s at stake.

“We’re not going to add any pressure to the manager, we want to win as much as??he does, him more so probably.

“The manager of any team tends??to get the stick, but it’s the players who need to look at themselves and we??need to realise what we’re doing may be okay, but it’s not good enough, we’re??not winning games and not picking up any points.”

Lescott arrived from champions Manchester City in the summer and he said: “I didn’t come here to fight relegation, but if it needs to be we’ll dig deep for the next two months and get clear, Hopefully we can do that.

“It’s not the end of the world. We’re in December, we’ve lost four games and that’s disappointing, but we’re still outside the relegation zone and that’s the key.

“If we could finish the season 16th that’d be progress from last year. We need to keep going and be realistic about our achievements.”