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Anichebe says players to blame not boss Mel

West Brom forward Victor Anichebe has emphasised the urgent need for him and his Albion team-mates to up their game, stressing that head coach Pepe Mel cannot take all the blame for the club's current predicament.

With 10 fixtures left to go this season, the Baggies are currently 17th in the Premier League and separated from the relegation zone by goal difference alone.

They have not won any of their seven matches under Mel following his appointment in January and reports have suggested the Spaniard's job is under threat.

Anichebe is in no doubt that things need to change - but on the pitch, in terms of the players' performance.

"We're in a serious position and we need to pull our socks up and get some points," Anichebe, quoted by West Brom's official website, said.

"The next game (Saturday's trip to Swansea) we need to improve and all of us know that. It's down to us as players to go out there and play as well as we can.

"It's not all down to the head coach. We, as players, need to go out and do well for the team and the supporters.

"Whatever team the head coach puts out, we're the ones who step over the line and we need to work hard and fight."

West Brom's last outing saw them beaten 3-0 at The Hawthorns by Manchester United on Saturday. After Swansea, they face Hull and Norwich away, either side of hosting Cardiff.

Anichebe said: "We can't be too down about last Saturday because we're not going to play Manchester United every week."


Manchester United have unveiled a new state-of-the-art medical facility which they hope will reduce injury rehabilitation time for their players.

New scanning equipment has been installed in a 'medical imaging suite' at the AON Training Complex in Carrington.

The equipment, provided by club sponsor Toshiba, will help United's medical staff diagnose injuries earlier, improve player rehabilitation times and flag up potentially preventable injuries.

Toshiba said the new suite "will enable Manchester United to identify, treat and rehabilitate players with a speed not currently experienced in world football today".

Manager David Moyes said: "I'm absolutely delighted to have this facility fully up and running. Not only is it cutting edge medical technology, it will also help us detect the early signs of injury and help to refine the rehabilitation process – something that will pay dividends for years to come."


Charlton have confirmed the appointment of Jose Riga as head coach. The 56-year-old, who was working as a technical director in AC Milan's youth academy, took the Addicks' training yesterday morning just hours after the sacking of manager Chris Powell.

Riga, who will be assisted by Karel Fraeye, will take charge of his first game when Huddersfield visit The Valley in the Championship tonight.

Riga has worked with Charlton owner Roland Duchatelet at Standard Liege – another club the Belgian businessman owns – having appointed him there in 2011.