Gibbs prepared for 'big month'

KIERAN Gibbs says Newcastle United's visit to The Hawthorns on Tuesday evening marks the start of a big month for the Baggies.

The clash with the Magpies on Tuesday, November 28 is followed by a run of seven games in December, including crunch ties against Crystal Palace, Swansea City and Stoke City.

And Kieran wants his Albion side to build on last weekend's point at Wembley Stadium and go into the New Year on a high.

"This is a big month for football because you want to go into the New Year feeling positive and feeling good.

"Tuesday, as well as quite a few other games this month, is going to big in this busy period.

"The result at the weekend was quite big and the performance has given the boys a lift."

The former Arsenal defender can expect to play a prominent part in Albion's festive fixtures, having started 11 consecutive games in all competitions. And Kieran is grateful for every minute on the pitch in the Premier League.

"Playing regularly is the most precious thing for a player," he added.

"It's been different to my last couple of seasons in that respect.

"I don't think I've played this many consecutive games for a long time so I have to take that as a positive."

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