Darren on Boro, Pulís & Albion’s ‘cutting edge’

DARREN Moore says his players have their feet firmly on the ground as they prepare for Friday night’s trip to unbeaten Middlesbrough.

The Baggies go into the game on the back of three straight victories - recording a 7-1 triumph over Queens Park Rangers last weekend. 

But Albion’s Head Coach insists there is no room for complacency with both teams going into the fixture with momentum.   

“This week has been no different in terms of our preparation and work,” said Moore.

“There’s still a lot of work to be done here at the football club - the team, the shape, dynamics, messages - we continue to work on that. 

“No matter what the performance or the result we will continue to keep our feet on the ground. 

“Whether we score seven or we score one, it’s about the three points. Last week was the performance we wanted.

“The start that Middlesbrough have made is no surprise to anyone here at West Brom. Tony will feel that his team is in the ascendency and going in the right direction. They are one of the more fancied teams in the division and they are performing very, very well.

“We’re looking forward to the game and we go up there with momentum ourselves. It all bodes well for a good game. 

He added: “We pose a goal threat for any fixture this season. The way we’ve performed has been very, very good and we’ve got people in the team that can score goals and a real cutting edge, which is what we wanted to add to the team this season. 

“We’re getting that and the early signs are that we do have a goal threat. Long may that continue.” 

Moore admits it will be “slightly strange” sharing a technical area with Tony Pulis - a man he played for at Portsmouth and worked alongside at The Hawthorns.

“We know him really well here at West Brom, and he knows us and the personnel here really well. 

“It will be good to see Tony again and we go up there knowing it will be a tough game. 

“It will be slightly strange as I’ve spent so much time with him as a player and as a coach. I’m very grateful for the time we’ve spent together. He’s someone I hold in high regard.” 

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