Baggies coach points to last term ahead of tough run
IT'S 'Back to the Future day' and that's just what Gerry Francis has been preaching this afternoon - minus the DeLorean.
He believes Albion’s rich run of results at the end of last season will stand them in good stead for the first blast of winter.
The Baggies first-team coach was occupying the pundit’s chair once more at Sky Sports today and surveyed a start to the campaign which sees Albion 13th in the table, five points from both the top five and trouble zone.
But there’s no doubt a tough run of fixtures will take them into Christmas as Albion travel to Manchester United, West Ham United and Liverpool and play home games against Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
"This is my 15th year in the Premier League so that's just normal stuff," he said.
"That's why this is probably the hardest league in the world to win and maybe the strongest league in Europe - it's certainly one of the strongest.
"You have to take points from those games if you want to stay in it.
“It's strange - last year we played Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City at the end of the season and sometimes you beat the teams you're not expected to and don't get anything against the sides people think you should beat.
"We won at Manchester United and we beat Chelsea so you never know what's going to happen but we know we have to pick up points."