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Gera: Experience the key to survival

23 January 2014 13:04

West Brom's experienced players have to step up if they are to pull away from the Premier League relegation zone, according to Zoltan Gera.

New head coach Pepe Mel saw West Brom pick up a 1-1 draw against Everton in his first game in charge on Monday, a result that moved the team four points clear of the bottom three.

With only six points separating 10 teams in the lower half of the table, midfielder Gera believes the experienced players within Albion's squad will be crucial in the fight for top-flight survival.

"I think you need some experienced players in the team," the Hungary international told the club's official website.

"It doesn't mean you need to be over 35, you need to read the game well and say the right things.

"We have enough experienced players.

"Being experienced helps you when you're under pressure, in trouble, and when you're not doing something well and you need to respond in the game."

After exiting the FA Cup in the third round against Crystal Palace, West Brom's second game under Mel is not until next Wednesday when they take on local rivals Aston Villa.

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Competition
Premier League
Date
29 January 2014
Game week
23
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
3 - 3
Full-time
4 - 3
Venue
Villa Park (Birmingham)
Attendance
36083

Goals

0 - 1
4' C. Brunt
 (assist by L. Ridgewell)
0 - 2
9' F. Delph (OG)
A. Weimann 12'  
1 - 2
L. Bacuna 25'
(assist by M. Lowton) 
2 - 2
F. Delph 37'
(assist by C. Benteke) 
3 - 2
3 - 3
43' Y. Mulumbu
 (assist by J. Morrison)
C. Benteke (PG) 64'  
4 - 3

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
4
23
34
6
8
16 9' 37'
15
7 25'
20 64'
10 12'
Coach: P. Lambert
# Player Bookings
1
3 88'
2
6
14 68'
7
21 43'
5
11 4' 70'
16
39
Coach: Pepe Mel

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
29 89'
18
2
9
12
13
24
# Player Bookings
18
38
20
13
17
23
28

Thursday 21 August

19:39
18:49
18:23
18:11
18:08
17:53
17:38
17:35
17:21
17:08
16:57
16:57
16:46
16:41
16:26
16:19
16:09
16:09
15:59
15:48
15:42
15:22
14:38
14:26
14:04
13:34
13:27
13:05
12:57
12:55
12:54
12:20
11:25
10:58
10:48
10:11
10:04
09:45
09:41
08:34
08:18
07:12
07:06
06:33
06:00
05:59
05:58
05:52
05:38
04:33
04:32
04:03
03:38
03:10
00:59

Wednesday 20 August

23:26
23:26
23:11
22:57
22:50
21:20
21:10
20:36
20:27
20:18
20:14
20:03
19:28
19:17
18:55
18:53
18:49
18:07
17:55
17:37
17:34
17:30
17:23
17:23
16:58
16:43
16:38
16:22
16:14
16:06
16:00
15:00
14:51
14:21
14:17
14:03
13:20
13:10
12:45
12:17
11:59
11:52
11:31
11:15
10:58
10:46
10:33
10:10
09:37
09:03
08:35
08:10
06:43
06:30
06:09
05:23
04:45
03:17
02:51
02:29
01:49
01:04
00:16

Tuesday 19 August

23:43
23:37
23:27
23:24
22:44
22:24
21:55
21:44
21:32
20:54
19:56
19:10
18:55
18:48
18:44
18:17
18:07
17:35
17:35
17:07
16:39
16:39
16:25
16:11
15:56
15:43
15:39
15:08
14:40
14:28
14:13
14:04
14:00
13:42
13:31
13:28
12:49
12:17
11:39
11:28
11:09
10:58
10:30
10:03
09:53
09:43
09:26
08:57
08:56
07:40
07:31
07:28
06:51
05:24
03:50
03:48
03:09
03:04
02:59
02:19
02:17
01:21
01:08
00:04

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
10 1 +0 1
11 1 +0 1
12 1 +0 1
13 1 -1 0
14 1 -1 0

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