Premier League: Pepe Mel wants wins to haul West Brom clear of danger

Mel - Happy with a point

Pepe Mel: West Brom boss saw his side draw once again

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West Brom boss Pepe Mel took the point against fellow Premier League strugglers Fulham on Saturday but admitted his side needed all three.

The Baggies fell behind to an Ashkan Dejagah strike on 28 minutes as Fulham dominated the opening period.

But the momentum in the game switched markedly in Albion's direction in the second half after Victor Anichebe came on for the injured Billy Jones just before the interval and Zoltan Gera replaced Thievy Bifouma at the break.

Fulham keeper Maarten Stekelenburg pulled off a string of good saves as the Baggies pressed for an equaliser and Mel's side eventually got their goal via substitute Matej Vydra with four minutes remaining.

The latest stalemate was Albion's fourth consecutive home draw under Mel after going behind but it is now six matches without a win for the Spaniard, who knows draws are not going to keep the Baggies in the top flight.

He told Sky Sports: "A point is a point but we need three.

"It's good because the first half was difficult for us but I think West Brom should have more points (from this game).

"We needed to keep the ball and were too open (in the first half). When West Brom lost the ball, we were too open and it was dangerous for us.

"For the second half, I spoke with the players, changed the system - 4-3-3 - and it was better.

"It's important for me that the best player at Fulham was their goalkeeper."

The Baggies sit just one point above the drop zone and Mel admitted both hard work - and luck - will play their part if the club are to stay up.

"It's only February. March, April, May, it's a long time. To work is important every day - and good luck too."