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Anichebe is targeting a Baggies revival

West Brom super-sub Victor Anichebe is hoping his latest game-saving strike proves to be a turning point in the Baggies' season.

For the second successive game at The Hawthorns, Anichebe came off the bench to net an equaliser and earn the Baggies a draw against one of the Barclays Premier League's high-fliers.

Earlier this month Anichebe took just three minutes to get off the mark following his introduction against Liverpool.

Although it took the Nigerian 14 minutes to find the net on Tuesday against Chelsea, his 87th-minute header could prove the spark Albion need under new head coach Pepe Mel.

It is five games without a win since the Spaniard took over, but the point gained from the clash with leaders Chelsea undeniably came on the back of West Brom's best performance following his arrival. It was enough to lift Albion out of the relegation zone on goal difference.

"Even though I was unhappy I wasn't playing, I was pleased for the boys because they really did play well," said Anichebe.

"I thought we were unlucky to go in at half-time 1-0 down. Everyone dug in and we showed what a good team we are.

"We pressed Chelsea all game, and we attacked them too. We took the game to them.

"A draw is a good result, but we could have nicked it. It is a big moment in the season. We just need to roll our sleeves up and go into every game like it's a cup final."

The acid test of Mel's reign comes the weekend after next as Albion have another home encounter, this time against Fulham.

"The players need a win, and me too," said Mel.

"But for us the draw against Chelsea is a good one because they are a big team."

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