Youssouf Mulumbu today claimed Albion must match their second-half display at Swansea if they are to win their Premier League survival scrap.
The midfield star, who scored the Baggies’ late winner at the Liberty Stadium, said Pepe Mel’s side set the standard they need to avoid the drop as they secured the Spaniard’s first win as boss.
Mel’s men recovered from a dismal first-half display to claim a 2-1 win with Mulumbu’s 85th-minute winner following an equaliser early in the second period from record signing Stephane Sessegnon.
And Mulumbu said: “We have to work hard as a team to stay up and on Saturday we saw a team fight to stay in the Premier League.
“The first half we were poor but in the second we were more aggressive, had the intention to get on the ball and scored two brilliant goals. I’m really confident.”
And Mulumbu insisted the players had not been distracted by the pre-match pressure on Mel and the furore surrounding Nicolas Anelka’s exit from the club following his controversial quenelle goal celebration.
“I’m pleased for the manager,” said Mulumbu. “We had troubles with Nicolas Anelka and the manager in the newspapers but the best way to reply is on the pitch. I hope the fans stay with us.”