Pardew convinced of Albion desire

22 February 2018 11:46:46 EST

West Brom manager Alan Pardew says he is convinced that the squad have the quality and the desire to fight off relegation.

The Baggies enter the weekend desperate for a win to lift the mood at the Hawthorns with off-field problems added to by an FA Cup defeat last weekend.

I promise our fans this - we aren't going to settle for a draw anywhere, even against the top teams.

Alan Pardew

It is back to the Premier League on Saturday with a crucial home game against Huddersfield, another team fighting relegation.

West Brom are bottom of the table, seven points off safety while the Terriers, who beat Bournemouth in their last league game, are just a point and a place above the bottom three.

Since Pardew was installed as Tony Pulis's successor in November he has managed only one league win and he knows the importance of getting three points on Saturday.

He said that he and the squad retain belief. Speaking at a press conference head of the Huddersfield game he said: "Our desire levels are strong and the group have come together.

"If you look at our games, they've been so tight and we've drawn plenty. We need to turn draws into the five or six wins we will need.

"I promise our fans this - we aren't going to settle for a draw anywhere, even against the top teams."

Albion are 17/20 to win at the weekend with Huddersfield 4/1 and the draw priced at 5/2.

Pardew, who hopes to have Jake Livermore back in the squad after injury, says his and the team's only focus is on beating the Terriers at the weekend, admitting that it is a massive game.

Pardew also confirmed that Jonny Evans will captain the side on Saturday after he was stripped of the role, in the FA Cup defeat to Southampton last weekend.

West Brom are 12121/1 to successfully avoid relegation at the end of the season.

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