Megson hails players' "honesty"
By Oliver Bhurrut
GARY Megson has hailed his players' "honesty" ahead of Saturday's trip to
Newcastle (ko 3pm) as 19th-placed Albion look to climb the table.
The Baggies manager rubbished morning (Thursday) reports of dressing room unrest as he highlighted his troops' unity against Fulham in last weekend's 1-1 draw.
And he is convinced his new-look side is not far away from punching their weight in the Premiership.
"The dressing room was the best I've known it just a short while ago - it was really, really good in terms of desire and togetherness.
"You're never going to get all 34 players thinking life is fantastic and you have to cope with that.
"But you can't get performances and honesty like we got against Fulham without that.
"As a manager I only want to win games and the rest of it I don't give a monkeys about.
"It's a side show to the main event which is West Brom playing matches in the Premiership.
"We want to win these games. We know it's difficult but the team is a decent one and we've got a lot of hard-working, honest lads out there.
"We're making one or two mistakes which are costing us and at times have been our own worst enemy but I'm looking at it and saying that's not bad.
"All the things that are going on on the outside should stay there and as a manager you have to deal with it. You can't run away from it and pretend it's not going on.
"The only way you can deal with it is by working and talking with the players and trying to get performances out of them.
"That's what we intend to do."
Although the Hawthorns manager is well aware the Baggies face a tough task at St James' Park he is hoping his men continue where they left off in the Premiership against the Cottagers.
"People said to me last week that it was a fantastic time for Fulham to be playing West Brom and within two minutes of the game I'm snot sure everyone would have said the same," Megson added.
"The crowd were unbelievable and the players really tore into Fulham. I was disappointed not to be two up ay half-time.
"Everything was there that you could wish for apart from coming off with three points.
"Even to the point of shooting ourselves in the foot to go 1-0 down we still kept going.
"The opportunity was there for the crowd to maybe start bitching a little bit but they didn't take it and still supported the team - great credit goes to them for that.
"There was the opportunity for the players to feel sorry for themselves and think it wasn't their day but they didn't, kept going and got a fully deserved point.
"I came off, like I did against Aston Villa, that it was two points lost.
"The players were fantastic.
"I've felt we're not far away all season."
Tuesday's Carling Cup humbling at Colchester left Albion still searching for their first win of the season.
And while the Baggies manager admitted there was pressure to get a result he shrugged it off as being part of the job.
"I've been a manager for around eight or nine years and at West Brom for over 200 games," he said.
"You have to deal with pressure.
"I think Sir Alex Ferguson said there is confrontation around the corner everyday.
"It is in varying degrees and as a manager you have to accept that there are certain things that go on that make your life more difficult.
"But if you can't accept that, you're not going to get very far and you're in the wrong job."