TONY Pulis says there will be plenty of ups and downs this season as Albion welcome unbeaten Manchester City to The Hawthorns on Saturday (ko 3pm).
The Baggies face the Premier League leaders for the second time in as many months after a 2-1 reverse in the Carabao Cup in September.
And Pulis maintains his side haven't been too far away from winning games in a league that is never 'plain sailing'.
"We play Watford who everyone is waxing lyrical about and they score with the last kick of the game to get a draw so we leave points on the pitch there," said Tony.
"I thought we did enough to win the game at Leicester but we didn't finish it off. We get a draw there which is a good point.
"I didn't think we played very well in the first half at Southampton but we were better in the second half and a wonder goal finishes the game and gives it to them.
"That's the way this league is. It's never ever plain sailing. You go up, you go down, you get real disappointments and real lows, but then you get real highs and people get excited.
"You've got to point yourself into the wind and get on with it."
And Pulis was full of praise for his crop of players who are working hard to rectify a disappointing run of form.
"The players have been really good. They're as disappointed as anybody because they know we've been so close in the games.
"There's areas that we have to improve on and there's areas that we've talked about improving on.
"The disappointing thing is we've got players within the group that, if put in the team, could help us."