West Bromwich Albion midfield ace Romaine Sawyers has admitted that ‘standards weren’t reached’ in their disappointing draw with Wigan Athletic.

In an interview on their official website, Sawyers claims it is impossible to not experience ‘bad days at the office’ during a long Championship campaign.

“We’ve set ourselves a standard over the season and we didn’t meet it against Wigan,” Sawyers said. “A number of things have contributed to why but the main thing is we got away with one. We lacked energy from the start and the quality wasn’t there.”

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“It wasn’t due to any changes or personnel which people might want to highlight. But we didn’t start right and it had a domino effect on the performance. We spoke at half time at what it could be but the end result was that we didn’t get to the standards we have set ourselves.”

The Baggies lacked cohesion at the DW Stadium and were ultimately fortunate to come away with a point thanks to a Charlie Austin goal following a Johnstone own goal for the Latics.

Sawyers also expressed their desire to bounce back for Saturday’s lunchtime kick off against Birmingham City in their first derby game of the season.

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“It’s one where we can dust ourselves off and go again on Saturday. We know Saturday’s game is big for the fans but it’s one more game for us to try to win.”

“That’s the good thing about this league. Take the point, get home and another opportunity comes to get back to the level we know we are capable of.”

Although Albion will inevitably be disappointed to not reclaim top spot from Leeds United they still have an 11 point gap over third placed Fulham and are well on course to achieve automatic promotion this season.

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