West Brom midfielder Chris Brunt is hopeful his team can turn their poor festive period around and pick their form up in the New Year.
The Baggies suffered four successive defeats over Christmas to see them slide down the table after an impressive start to the campaign that saw them reach as high as fourth place in the Premier League.
They now lie just three points off the relegation zone in 14th place, with a defeat to Tuesday evening's opponents Fulham at Craven Cottage, who are 18th, sending them below Mark Hughes' team.
Despite being firmly in a mix of teams languishing in that area, Brunt insisted that his team needed to regain their form quickly to avoid being dragged into a relegation dogfight.
"Our finishing has definitely let us down over the Christmas period," he said.
"And the harsh reality of the Premier League is if you don't take your chances, you get punished.
"We saw that two seasons ago and at the minute we're seeing it as well.
"We haven't played badly but we haven't got many points. We would rather have played rubbish and got a few more.
"We must start picking points up again otherwise it has been a pretty dismal Christmas for us."
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