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Mel: I must lift players

And boss says team should not be fazed by Man City trip

PEPE Mel admits his biggest task this week is to lift the players after seeing two crucial points cruelly snatched away at the death in Saturday's 3-3 draw with high-flying Tottenham.

The result leaves the Baggies in 16th place, three points above the drop zone but only the same number away from 13th spot, with five games remaining.

Mel's men have actually lost fewer matches than any other team outside the top eight and, with 40 goals to their name, have out-scored every side from ninth downwards apart from Swansea.

And he insists they should not be fazed by visiting title contenders Manchester City on Easter Monday (ko 8pm) after just one defeat in the last five encounters.

"The biggest job now that the technical team has is to lift the players," said Mel.

"The players have done well and they deserve to have more points.

"We don't consider we will lose to Manchester City. 

"We also have two very important home games against West Ham and Stoke and an extremely important trip to Sunderland.

"If we keep doing things in the vain we have then things will go for us.

"We've won two and drawn two of the last five games."

Albion also have a game in hand and a superior goal difference on the three teams directly below them and have a played a game less than the Swans, who are only one place above them in the table due to the virtue of goal difference.

"I'd love to know how many points we'll need, as the table changes on a weekly basis," added Mel.

"We feel we need four more points."