Thomas ready for West Brom revival
Jerome Thomas hopes West Bromwich Albion can turn the clock back to the start of the season and regain some of the ground they have lost since Boxing Day.
Despite a favourable run of fixtures, the Midlands' top team have failed to win in six matches and recorded only two victories in their last 12 games.
The going now gets considerably tougher with assignments at Everton next Wednesday, at home to Tottenham the following Sunday and then at Liverpool eight days after that.
But the side took seven points from those three clubs, including beating each of the Merseyside duo at The Hawthorns, right at the start of Steve Clarke's first season in charge and Thomas is optimistic they can maintain the momentum of their rousing second-half comeback against Aston Villa to draw 2-2.
"We showed a lot of character to come back from 2-0 down on Saturday," he said. "It felt like a victory and we have to take that on.
"We have to go to places now where we're not expected to get points and try to pick points up. Our targets haven't changed; 34 points wasn't a target, it was 40.
"We need to reach that and then aim at getting more points than last season. After that, we need to look at finishing in the top eight or top six."
The winger has returned brightly from an end-of-year loan spell at Leeds and played a part after his introduction as a 36th-minute substitute in the derby four days ago.
He had appeared to be on his way out of The Hawthorns having not kicked a ball for the club in the first half of the season but has figured in their last four matches and insists he is happy with life there.
"A combination of things have impacted on us recently," he added. "We've had a run of poor form but you have to factor in the injuries we've had.
"Even for Steve Clarke, we have to remember it's a learning curve for him. It's his first managerial experience, so he's learning as he goes.
"Since he has been here, though, I've pretty much agreed with everything he has said and done. I'm very much on board with what he has done, everything he has said - from the training regime, to the pre-match meetings, to the team talk, to the post-match talks. It has all been spot on.
"We have also got some young players who have come in and are learning and we've not had the rub of the green over the last few games."
Albion are without a game at the weekend after going out of the FA Cup to Queens Park Rangers.