Long season ahead for West Bromwich Albion
While West Brom fans are dreaming of Europe after going unbeaten against Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton in their first three games of the season, the Baggies players are keeping their feet firmly on the ground.
Sat in third spot in the Premier League the Baggies are playing with confidence and style under new manager Steve Clarke, but they also know that the season is still in it’s infancy.
“We know the season is far from over,” said Baggies striker, and scorer on the weekend, Shane Long.
“Obviously it’s a great start but we’ve another 30 or 40 odd points to go before we’re happy with where we are in the table, so the next game we want three points and that will be the mentality I think through the season.”
The midlanders are aware of how quickly the league table can change and Long recalled what happened to rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers last season.
“Last year Wolves were in the same position,” continued the Ireland international.
“They had seven points from three games so we’re not going to get carried away but we’re happy with how we’re playing and we’re confident in our ability.”
Long is enjoying this season with four starts and three goals in all competitions so far and the pint sized attacker is enjoying playing for his new manager despite having a few doubts about playing under a man undertaking his first job as a manager.
“I suppose it’s [Clarke’s lack of managerial experience] in the back of your mind but the second you meet him you realise he’s destined to be a manager.
“There’s so many good players for each position and everyone’s happy in the squad and everyone is waiting for their chance to come their way and he’s managing the players individually as well as a team really well.”
West Brom will try and maintain their unbeaten run after the international break with a trip to face Martin Jol’s Fulham.