Lescott: West Brom players need to do better

Joleon Lescott has defended West Bromwich Albion Coach Alan Irvine and said it’s up to the players to do better and steer the club away from the Premier League relegation zone, the Daily Express has reported.

A second home defeat in as many games and a fourth straight loss have left the Baggies two places and one point clear of the bottom three, losing at home to West Ham having been beaten at the weekend by Arsenal. Albion have also lost to Newcastle and Chelsea since their last win but Lescott sees an opportunity to pull away on the horizon.

“Hull is definitely a good opportunity for us to stop this run,” he said of West Brom’s next fixture. “The next three games are vital. I’m like the rest of the lads, we knew it was going to be tough. But I didn’t come here to fight relegation. If needs be we’ll dig deep for the next two months and get clear.”

Irvine was heavily criticised by the home supporters in the reverse against the Hammers, the fans unhappy at seeing West Brom give up the lead and lose 2-1. Lescott said however that the team has to improve as they’re the ones playing the matches.

“We’re not going to add any pressure to the manager, we want to win as much as he does. It’s not great for anyone involved,” the former Everton and Manchester City defender added. “The manager of any team tends to get the stick but it’s the players who need to look at themselves.

“We need to realise what we’re doing is maybe okay but it’s not good enough, we’re not winning games, not picking up points. We need to look at ourselves and realise what’s at stake.”

Lescott previously played under Irvine at Goodison Park, when the Scot was assistant to David Moyes. Joining Albion from City in the summer, Lescott has made 10 appearances with the Hawthorns club.

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