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Ridgewell enjoys new style

West Brom's Liam Ridgewell has revealed that he is enjoying the new philosophy Pepe Mel has instilled at the club.

The 29-year-old full-back has been a key figure in West Brom's season, making 21 appearances, and he started the Spaniard's first game in charge, a 1-1 draw with Everton on Monday night.

Ridgewell told the Birmingham Mail: "The gaffer is working very hard at it (his English). He gets his point across very well and hopefully we showed what he wants on Monday. Football is a universal language - Claudio Yacob and Diego Lugano also speak Spanish.

"He wants to win the ball back very quickly and hopefully we did that. We weren't downhearted before.

"When Steve Clarke went and Keith Downing came in everyone was still upbeat and working hard for the club and still going. Hopefully we can carry that on under the new gaffer. It's something new coming into the club.

"If we start winning games it's fresh and new, if we start losing people will put a different spin on it."

He added: "I think we pressed well before under the old gaffer. The new boss just wants us really high up, pressing all the time and trying to get the ball.

"We showed that against Everton and we'll try to take it into the next game.

"That is what will take us up the league. It's very tight. If anyone sticks a run together they can soon get out of it. We are looking to do that.

"I wouldn't say it has been a season of under-achievement, though. People put a lot of pressure on us as we did so well last year.

"We have to try to emulate that. It would be an achievement to make sure we are in the league next year and we will make sure we do that."