Steven Reid: Stars in spotlight must think hard about next move
IT says a lot about how far we've come at West Brom that we could feel so disappointed about finishing a weekend out of the top four. The 1-0 defeat to Stoke City made for a miserable Saturday night, but a look at the league table yesterday morning cheered me up and put it all in perspective.
Sitting fifth in the table behind Chelsea and Spurs on goal difference and five points ahead of Arsenal doesn't look so bad for a club which is trying to shake off a yo-yo reputation. As I said to one of the boys after, I'd rather have 26 points after 15 games than 15 after 26.
I remember having just 13 points from 17 matches when Paul Ince was shown the door at Blackburn, and when you're on that kind of run, negativity seeps into the dressing-room. When it's a struggle to win a game, you really can't see where the next victory is coming from. By contrast, I'm convinced our losses to Swansea and Stoke are just a little blip. For some reason, Stoke always seem to get the better of us.