West Brom boss Slaven Bilic insists that his team will not get complacent despite Albion holding a seven-point lead over third place in the race for automatic promotion.
A poor run over Christmas and in January saw the Baggies lead cut significantly, however, Bilic’s men have picked up ten points from their past four games, capitalising on those below dropping points.
But, speaking to the Express & Star, the Croatian revealed that the poor form over winter will serve as a warning to his players, who know they can’t take their foot off the gas.
“We cannot rest and say we are great. Unfortunately it’s not the last day of the season. We felt it. We felt it very recently. We didn’t do anything deliberately. And if you asked me what happened – OK we had some injuries.
“But what happened? Nobody knows really. But it did happen so we have our eyes wide open. We have to concentrate and be humble. And we also have to be strong.”
Albion are back in action this weekend when they travel to take on Bristol City at Ashton Gate on Saturday.
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There’s no way that Bilic would let the players ease off and you could argue that their poor run last month was actually a good thing to happen.
It was a clear reminder of just how quickly things can change but the players and manager deserve huge credit for how they’ve turned things around in the past few weeks.
Albion now look back to their best and they boast a healthy lead over Fulham but they need to take it one game at a time and the focus will now be on beating Bristol City.
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