Marathon not a sprint, hints Dwight

DWIGHT Gayle won’t be getting carried away with Albion’s good form.

Our new frontman struck his maiden Baggies goal in the rout of QPR on an afternoon where Darren Moore's men set the tone for their Sky Bet Championship campaign.

Indeed, with 11 goals their last two games, Albion have hit the form many expected of an experienced and talented group before a ball was kicked in the 2018/19 season.

"I don't think you're going to get much better than Saturday really," smiled Dwight.

"It was a fantastic day for me as well as the team.

"To get my first goal as well was great. I enjoyed every moment of it.

"People have been on to me about getting my first goal. It feels like it's been forever.

"It's good to get it out of the way and hopefully I can get some more.

"We're creating great chances and if I'm getting them every game then I can't complain."

But our new hot-shot urged caution after last weekend's romp. The Championship can easily bring a buoyant team back down to Earth with a bump.

"There's no point getting carried away," he nodded.

"In the Championship you almost need to forget about the game on the day of the game to focus on the next one.

"It's important to build momentum, keep cracking on and keep picking up as many points as you can during the season.

"We've seen teams go into Christmas on fire at the top of the league and then fall away.

"It's important for us to keep plugging away and trying to improve as a team."

And Friday night's televised collision with our old gaffer Tony Pulis at Middlesbrough shows a typical challenge of the second-tier.

Dwight added: "Everyone knows the way Tony Pulis plays and we know it's going to be a tough game away from home.

"We know it'll be different from the weekend. We'll have to really scrap for second balls.

"Everyone needs to be focused and set plays will be key.

"It's vital that we don't let Middlesbrough get too far away from us. If we pick up three points then we'll be near the top of the table."

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