West Brom must stop conceding first-half goals if they are to avoid relegation, warns Ben Foster

Goalkeeper frustrated ahead of six pointer against Swansea

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West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster says the Baggies must stop conceding first-half goals if they are to stay in the Premier League.

Albion suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands on Manchester United on Saturday, and are only outside the relegation places on goal difference.

Having fought back from 1-0 down four times in a row at home prior to the United fixture, Foster says his side must shut up shop if they are to get their first win under Pepe Mel: “We’ve still come in at half-time 1-0 down and we need to stop,” he said.

“We can’t always come in at 1-0 down and then grind out a draw or a win. It’s something we need to look at.

The England international also says that the squad injury list is concerning, but has faith in his team-mates to beat the drop: “It’s not good really, it’s an important part of the season for us and we need as many bodies as we can,” he added.

“There’s some tough matches coming up in the next month or so, some real six-pointers that we need to take points from. But I’m confident that the lads we have that are fit and available will do a job.

Foster admits the Baggies were outclassed by his former employers on the weekend, and pointed to Wayne Rooney’s goal as the turning point in the match: “It’s a very disappointing result,” he said.

“I thought we did well first half and the ball didn’t drop for us. The second goal really killed it as a contest. They were happy to sit back then and counter attack. I thought we were in the game for a point. They scored a second when Chris Brunt was off the pitch and that killed it.”

West Brom take on fellow relegation contenders Swansea at the Liberty Stadium this weekend.