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Anichebe: We must take blame

Victor Anichebe insists West Brom's players must take responsibility for their precarious Premier League position.

The Baggies are battling for survival as they head into the last 10 games and lie in 17th place, with just goal difference separating them from the drop zone.

Pepe Mel was installed as the new manager in January, but has come under increasing pressure after failing to secure a win in any of his seven matches in charge.

Anichebe believes the players must also shoulder some of the blame for their dismal form and has urged them to ease growing drop concerns with an away win against Swansea on Saturday.

"We're in a serious position and we need to pull our socks up and get some points," Anichebe told the club's official website.

"The next game (Saturday's trip to Swansea) we need to improve and all of us know that.

"It's down to us as players to go out there and play as well as we can.

"It's not all down to the head coach. We, as players, need to go out and do well for the team and the supporters.

"Whatever team the head coach puts out, we're the ones who step over the line and we need to work hard and fight."

West Brom's winless run was extended by Saturday's 3-0 defeat by Manchester United, but Anichebe feels upcoming games against fellow strugglers Hull City, Cardiff and Norwich will decide his side's fate.

"We can't be too down about last Saturday because we're not going to play Manchester United every week," he said.

"We've had some good results against top teams, but the next couple of games against teams around us are the games that are important for us.

"They're the games we need to start picking up points from.

"The most important thing is we need to be really hard to beat.

"It doesn't matter about scoring one, two or three goals.

"The most important thing is keeping a clean sheet and being hard to beat then try to nick a goal or give our players the chance to do something special."