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Bartley points to 'transition phase'

17 August 2018

KYLE Bartley says Albion should not expect immediate returns after a summer of change.

The 27-year-old defender was Darren Moore's second summer acquisition in a transfer window which saw Palm Training Ground become a hive of activity.

And the former Leeds man believes it will be a learning process for players and coaching staff as they get to grips with the rigours of a Sky Bet Championship campaign.

"Everybody around the place knows that we're in a slight transition phase," he said.

"We're coming down from the Premier League, under new management and trying to play a different style of football.

"But most importantly we need to win games. That's what we've talked about. If we can do that playing good football then it's even better.

"We found in the Bolton game that nothing can be taken for granted.

"After the disappointment of that I think we've kicked on and picked up some good results.

"It's been a mixed bag. The performances have all been slightly different. But in this league you have to do that. You're going to have to win games ugly sometimes.

"I think we can take positives out of each of those games. Hopefully come QPR and the following games we can mix the positives together and have good performances."

And the same is true of Kyle himself. Without a full pre-season, he's slowly getting himself to a place where he can show his true talent.

He added: "It was always going to take me a bit of time to find my feet.

"I didn't have a full pre-season but I'm starting to feel, going into this game against QPR, that I'm reaching full fitness and I can show my true abilities."


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