Tony Pulis admits falling out of the top half would be disappointing because his players deserve to finish the season on a high.
The Baggies boss previously stated a top 10 finish was not the ‘be all and end all’, but now there’s just five games to go, he’s determined to cling on.
Pulis has never finished in the top half of the Premier League before but Albion have spent the whole of 2017 in eighth place and haven’t dropped below ninth since mid-November.
However, three defeats in a row has allowed Southampton and Watford to move within four points, and both have games in hand on the Baggies.
With Leicester, Chelsea, and Manchester City still to play, Pulis is aware it will be difficult, but he’s backing his players to finish the job.
“I think everybody would be disappointed as we have been in there for most of the season,” said Pulis.
“But if you look at the games we’ve got we know we’ve got some tough games coming up. I just pray we get the points to take us to where we are because they deserve it.
“They’ve overachieved massively and when you think of the size of the group as well, they’ve done wonderful.”
None of the teams below Albion have put together a run good enough to overhaul them during this current spell of five defeats in seven.
But many of them can eat up further ground this weekend when the Baggies don’t play because their scheduled opponents Manchester City are in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
“Maybe the other teams below us have had a similar run to us where they have had tough games,” said Pulis.
“As I’ve said, you’re going to get good runs and bad runs. We are not that good that we can go through a full season and just wash sides away, we will have ups and downs.
“We are still in a position where we can go six or seven games and be unbeaten and we are still in a position where we can go six or seven games and lose those games, that’s just where we are.”Subscribe to our Newsletter