Date: 26th April 2018 at 1:20pm
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West Bromwich Albion’s goalkeeping coach Neil Cutler has said that a greater ‘attention to detail’ has been key to our recent run of form.

With the departure of Alan Pardew and the appointment of Darren Moore as our caretaker gaffer, that coincided with an unbeaten run that saw a draw against Swansea City, victory over Manchester United and a comeback point against Liverpool in our last match.

With five points from the opening three games – more than Pardew managed at the end – our new coaching staff have clearly made their mark and lifted the playing group and whether it comes too late or not in terms of relegation there is at least hope for the future.

Speaking to wba.co.uk as he previewed the upcoming game against Newcastle United, Cutler explained.

“Basically we’ve all had to pull together, roll our sleeves up and dig in. I think the planning and preparation has been a massive part of it, how we plan for sessions, how we plan for games. It’s been huge.”

With Under 23 coach James Shan and Wayne Jacobs chipping in to help Moore, Cutler had special praise for them especially as he felt it was clear the players had ‘bought into’ the methods that had now been introduced.

“That’s a big reason to why we’re moving forward. They’ve bought into what we’re asking. It’s a lot of work, we’re starting early, finishing late, but I think that’s what you need to do in order to win games at this level, especially when you’re coming up against Man United and Liverpool. You need to find a way of not just containing them, but as Mooro says, throw a punch back. You’ve got to find a way of throwing a punch and that takes detail, time, and organisation.”

With Baggies fans having something to actually cheer about over the last few weeks, we are eight points from Swansea City in the last safety spot but the majority of those above us do unfortunately hold a game in hand.

Survival is hugely problematic as there are only nine points left for us to play for. We’re probably past the ‘wish and a prayer’ stage in reality and I think everyone knows that even if we’re hoping for a miracle.

All we can do is go out on a high and bolster confidence for next year. That then brings us to the decision on our future gaffer and his backroom team and if West Brom can end the season on a high, the calls for Moore to be given the job on a permanent basis will only increase further.