LONDON, March 2 (Reuters) - Alan Pardew knows nothing less than three points will do when his relegation-bound West Bromwich Albion side face Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday.
West Brom are rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table after having secured just three victories in this campaign.
Watford, who are 10th, will be without the services of winger Gerard Deulofeu after the club confirmed this week that the player has suffered a stress fracture in his foot.
Here is what the fans have to say about the match:
Jon Moonie, co-host, From The Rookery End podcast
“We know that West Brom are out of sorts and that there is talk of a change in manager, but when a team has their backs against the wall they can act in unusual ways.
“I am predicting a 1-0 to Watford.
“We don’t have lots of goals in us, and I don’t think they do either. We are growing as a defensive unit and I can see that continuing this weekend.
“We have had so many teams ‘restart’ their season at Vicarage Road but I don’t think we’ll see it happen again on Saturday.
“Gerard Deulofeu has joined the ever-growing list of players who have got injured. If this had come two weeks ago it could have been terrible, but we have players coming back to fitness now.
“We don’t see these [frequent managerial] changes like other fans, we have a dramatically different set up to other clubs and the role of the Head Coach had different demands than managers in the Premier League.
“Garcia has a group of players at his disposal and it is his role to get what is needed out of them. At this point it’s to get a few wins. And he’s done that. We shall see if he can get two or three more to help secure our place in the Premier League.”
Mark Thomas, Albion Till We Die
“It seems that every game over the last couple of months has been a ‘must-win’ for us and this one is no different. Whilst we failed to pick up any points from our last game against Huddersfield, results elsewhere weren’t too bad.
“As much as we are desperate for all three points I really can’t see us returning from Vicarage Road with a win. Watford have been in good form at home recently and combined with how poor we’ve been recently, you can only see one outcome.
“I’ll go for a 2-1 to Watford.
“It really would be a miracle now if we are to escape relegation. We probably need to win six or seven of our last ten games and considering we’ve only won three all season - I’d say it’s not very likely.
“In all honesty, given our form all season and combined with poor decisions off the field, it’s probably a relegation we deserve.
“It has to be said that our previous boss Tony Pulis left Alan Pardew an awful mess of a team but despite that I still think Pardew been pretty poor.
“He doesn’t seem to spot obvious flaws in his line-ups and tactics and doesn’t seem to know how to change games. Pressure is building on him - and not only from supporters, many of whom probably didn’t want him anyway.” (Reporting by Claire Bloomfield, editing by Nick Mulvenney)