Sam Allardyce has urged West Brom’s struggling stars to adopt “mindfulness” techniques to visualise themselves succeeding.
Baggies boss Allardyce is searching for his first win at The Hawthorns on Saturday since taking charge in December.
The veteran boss,66, is targeting 27 points from Albion’s final 18 games to beat the drop despite just one win from seven League games so far under him.
He knows time is running out ahead of critical back-to-back games against Fulham today and at Sheffield United on Tuesday.
Allardyce took his players to train at The Hawthorns on Friday to prepare for Fulham’s crunch visit.
And he has told his 19th-placed stars they will handle the pressure better if they picture the game in their heads before playing.
Allardyce explained: “There is another scenario I have talked to the players about and that is mindfulness. That is playing their game in their mind. It is a big thing when you are in our situation and losing confidence and matches.
“People might think what a load of nonsense but it is not a load of nonsense. It is absolute fact that it will put you in a better frame of mind when you arrive at the ground.
“How many players do that, I can’t tell you. But when I played football that is what I did way back in the 70s and I found it beneficial.
“Whatever anxiety or fears you might have, if you play your game through your mind , you won’t play a bad game.
“Or if you are not going to do that, then look at meditation, which is a massive plus for any player to relax his mind and body.”
The Baggies hope to name Senegal striker Mbaye Diagne on the bench after securing up his loan from Galatasaray.
Allardyce has warned his players they need to deliver or face the axe.
He added: “If you don’t do it, we will try someone else until we find the right solutions. It is as ruthless as that. We haven’t got time. Time is running out.”
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