Defender Liam Ridgewell today insisted Albion’s dressing room is united after former striker Peter Odemwingie claimed bullying had divided the squad.
Ridgewell admitted the reaction to last week’s dressing-room clash between James Morrison and Saido Berahino had spurred the Baggies on to victory over Norwich on Saturday.
The incident in the wake of the 3-3 draw with Cardiff prompted an explosive interview in a Saturday newspaper in which Odemwingie claimed a cartel of senior players dominate the dressing room.
“Going into Saturday’s game we wanted to try to put things right and get the win that we didn’t get last week,” said Ridgewell.
“The season has been rollercoaster for everyone looking on but the team is very strong and very together.
“We can’t affect anything that goes on with the press and change of management. We can’t affect that, but as a team we are very strong and together and I think we showed it very well on Saturday.
“The main thing is that we in the dressing room know what we’re about.”
Ridgewell refused to discuss the dressing-room punch that left Berahino nursing a minor head injury, but insisted the young forward will learn from the stoppage-time error that sparked his bust-up with Morrison.
“Everyone makes a mistake, if you call it that,” said Ridgewell. “People have made a lot of it but I am sure everyone has made a mistake. He did very well on Saturday.
“People can call it (the bust-up) a fall-out but we call it wanting to win and making sure that we went to Norwich and put in a good performance.
“That was the attitude in the dressing room. We showed what a good team we are.
“Of course we were happy to get the points after a difficult time. We showed what we were about with a good performance.”