Fortune confident of survival
Striker hails improved Baggies
Last Updated: September 3, 2010 5:55pm
Fortune: Relegated in 2009
Marc-Antoine Fortune believes West Brom are better equipped to avoid relegation than when he was last at the club.
Fortune was on loan with the Baggies when they slipped out of the Premier League in 2008/9, and he left at the end of the campaign to link up again with Tony Mowbray at Celtic.
The 29-year-old returned to The Hawthorns on a permanent deal last Friday and is looking forward to the challenge ahead.
Although West Brom have made a habit of going up and down between the top two divisions in recent years, Fortune is confident the club can stay up this term.
"We know the mistakes we made," he said.
"We have new players now and we're ready. It will be difficult but if we don't give up we'll be okay."
Fortune says one of the main reasons for his confidence is manager Roberto Di Matteo and his tougher training regime.
"The gaffer has a different way of managing the team (to Mowbray)," he explained.
"I've only been here for one week but I can see that the way we train and the way the manager wants to play is different.
"We have to be at 100% every training session. If we train hard like that we can be ready for every game.
"We also know that we have to be good defensively. We made mistakes in the past that we have to avoid now."
Di Matteo backing duo
Former Wigan man Paul Scharner has also joined West Brom and Di Matteo is pleased to have recruited a couple of players with top-flight know-how.
"They will bring quality to our team, and some experience as well," Di Matteo said of the Austrian and Fortune.
"They have both played in the Premiership before.
"We were looking to strengthen down the spine of our team, and I think with these two players we have managed to do that."