Horsfield: We're beginning to gel
By Oliver Bhurrut
GEOFF Horsfield believes Albion's new-look Premiership side is beginning to click into place after Saturday's first win of the season against Bolton.
The Baggies striker was recalled to the starting XI after capping an impressive second-half display against Newcastle nine days ago with a goal.
And despite the absence of suspended duo Neil Clement and Darren Purse, plus injured pair Paul Robinson and Jason Koumas, Gary Megson's men extended their unbeaten home run to four games.
"It was a vitally important win. There was us, Norwich and Crystal Palace without a win so we needed those three points," said Horsfield.
"We rode our luck with a bit of pressure in the last ten minutes which we knew we would get but I thought we thoroughly deserved it.
"Bolton weren't fourth for nothing. They're a good, big, physical side with some quality players.
"People were saying it wasn't the time to play Bolton because they were flying but we adapted ourselves and got our game plan correct.
"We know we've got a good enough side to stay up as the chairman's given the gaffer money to spend.
"We've signed quality players like Kanu, Jonathan Greening, Martin Albrechtsen and Zoltan Gera.
"But even though we're buying players like that, we've still got to work hard and stick together.
"We knew it was going to be a physical battle against Bolton but we played well collectively, which we needed, and got a little bit of luck."
The former Fulham and Blues hot-shot is now urging the fans to turn The Hawthorns into a fortress in Albion's bid for Premiership survival.
And he again reiterated how strongly unified the Baggies dressing room is as the Black Country club became the first of the three promoted sides to get a win this season.
"I was watching TV on Saturday morning and someone was saying there was this bad feeling in the dressing room," Albion's Ł1million man added.
"But I can vouch it's one of the best dressing rooms I've been in - and I've been in some good ones at Birmingham and Fulham.
"All the lads are behind each other and we just needed that win. Maybe it will shut a few people up and silence the critics who have been trying to get on our backs.
"If we had got two or three wins nobody would have talked about it. They would have been saying how well West Brom were doing.
"All the pundits and some of the reporters are getting on the back of us, Norwich and Palace, saying we're not going to stay up, but we've got to try and prove them wrong.
"The gaffer said to us win a couple of games and we'll move into the top six or seven - that's as daft as it is - but if we get beaten in the next couple of games we'll be struggling.
"It's going to be hard going to places like Old Trafford and Highbury so we've got to turn The Hawthorns into a fortress.
"We've got a fantastic set of fans and we've got to get them behind us 100 per cent."