Olsson - Baggies are not soft
Jonas Olsson says West Brom are still stereotyped as 'soft' following their last Premier League stint.
Last Updated: 09/09/10 10:53pm
Defender Jonas Olsson claims West Brom are still stereotyped as 'soft' by their opponents following their last unsuccessful stint in the Premier League.
The Baggies finished bottom of the standings two years ago under former manager Tony Mowbray, with the worst defensive record in the league.
And 27-year-old Olsson, who has been commended for his solid display against Liverpool at the end of last month, says the team are struggling to escape their frail reputation this campaign.
"I think that the general opinion on West Brom is that we can play football but we're a bit soft," said Olsson.
"I think that bringing in players like Paul (Scharner) will hopefully make that picture a bit different for some other teams.
"We can play good football, which we've shown in the last few years, but I think the players are more experienced and we've brought in some signings that have experience as well.
"Sometimes in games you have to kick the ball into the stands or be a little bit more clever. I think in that way we're stronger now."
Roberto Di Matteo, who succeeded Mowbray as manager last year, says the perception of his team as weak is something he has attempted to deal with.
"We obviously knew about that reputation and we are trying to change the way other clubs perceive us," said Di Matteo.
"We have recruited a few players that probably bring a tougher touch to us and a bit of physicality."
West Brom suffered a 6-0 drubbing at the hands of Chelsea in their season-opener, but bounced back with a win over Sunderland at home before going down 1-0 at Liverpool in a match they could have easily drawn.
And Olsson revealed the rout at Stamford Bridge shocked his team into action.
"Sometimes it's better to lose 6-0 than to lose 1-0, because you know there's going to be a reaction," he said. "We showed the reaction against Sunderland and Liverpool."
Swedish stopper Olsson is hoping Albion will carry the positives from Anfield into their clash against Tottenham at the Hawthorns on Saturday.
"We know we're going to lose some games this year, but it's about bouncing back as quickly as possible," he added.
"You can moan and whine about it for one or two days, but then you have to get on with it."