West Brom fell to just their second league defeat of the season in the 2-0 loss Middlesbrough on Sunday which halted a 14-game unbeaten run for Slaven Bilić’s men.
And Ajayi who is ever-present for West Brom this season, says the first game of 2020 is the perfect opportunity to get back on track.
“We’re bitterly disappointed with the Middlesbrough result, it’s not what we set out to do,” Ajayi admitted.
“The fact we haven’t managed to get anything from the game or perform to the standards that we know we can left the boys disappointed.
“Fortunately for us we have a chance to put that right in a couple of days. We need to dust ourselves down and move on to the Leeds game.
“We need to make sure we don’t overreact, the Middlesbrough game was obviously a bad result but at the end of the day it’s only our second loss of the whole season.
“We need to take heart from that and make sure it doesn’t happen again. We need to come to the Leeds game with an attitude to put it right.
“Let’s get back to winning ways and there’s no better time to start than on New Year’s Day.
“This is not a time to panic, it’s a time to regroup and come back fighting. I’m sure this group is capable of doing that.”
West Brom are on the same point as leaders Leeds United but are second on goals difference following Sunday’s defeat to Middlesbrough.
In third position is Fulham while Brentford are fourth.