GARETH McAuley says his unlikely route to the Premier League has taught him to “come out fighting” in times of adversity.
The Northern Ireland international climbed the ranks with Crusaders and Coleraine in his homeland, before earning his stripes with Lincoln and Leicester, prior to his 2011 move to The Hawthorns.
G-Mac has enjoyed seven years of Premier League football with the Baggies and insists he will do his utmost to ensure Alan Pardew’s men secure safety this term.
“If you’re backed into a corner, you come out fighting, that’s the attitude we have to have,” he said.
“We’ll be doing everything we can to get the points - to get that first win. If you get a second result it begins to put other teams under pressure. It changes their psychology and we need to do that - we need to get back-to-back results.
“I’ve always thrived on being written off - it’s always been something I’ve used personally.
“I can remember being told when I moved from Crusaders to Coleraine all them years ago, ‘he’s not good enough to do that’. It’s always something that’s driven me.
“I hate letting people down as well, that’s another thing that drives me to keep myself moving forward.
“It’s always nice to prove doubters wrong. We have to do that, not only for ourselves, but for the club and the fans.”