Campbell identifies the signs of survival at Albion

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Kevin Campbell believes West Bromwich Albion are showing the same qualities that were evident when he helped rescue Everton from relegation six years ago.

Kevin Campbell believes West Bromwich Albion are showing the same qualities that were evident when he helped rescue Everton from relegation six years ago.

The West Bromwich striker remembers how Everton built up momentum in terms of performances and results to stay up in 1998-99 after he joined them from Trabzonspor.

Campbell can see Albion starting to develop a similar run which can lift them out of the bottom three in the Premiership. They will go into Sunday's derby match at Aston Villa seeking their fourth win in the last five matches and they are now level on points with fourth from bottom Southampton.

Campbell said: "There are similarities between what we are going through here with West Brom and Everton in 1999. The one important similarity is momentum.

"I went to Everton and we lost our first two games," he remembered. "But we started to win and it lifted everyone. The confidence, tenacity, tackling, everything was there. Everybody seemed a different player.

"That is happening here now and if we can sustain the level of performance that we have been putting in then I think we can get out of trouble. The players are the same but the confidence levels are different."

The West Bromwich left-back Paul Robinson has signed a new two-year contract with the club.

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