Darren in the points business this Christmas

DARREN Moore’s Christmas wish-list could not be more simple - or more challenging.

The Baggies Head Coach wants his players to keep the Sky Bet Championship points tally ticking over but acknowledges nothing less then maximum application will enable them to do so.

"It's a great time for supporters - the season of cheer," Darren smiled, "but in this industry you have to work through and this year will be no different."

The demands of the festive period are many for both players and staff at the football club, with five games in just 15 days as we prepare to bid farewell to 2018 with a flourish.

"For us, we continue to work," the gaffer said.

"Everyone's enjoying themselves around you but you have to remain focused.

"We'll be in on Christmas Day training as normal. It's a really important time.

"I'll be looking for plenty of points. That's what we're in the business for."

It's a time of year when the league table begins to take shape and Darren expects to utilise the bulk of his squad in his quest for the summit.

"You have to call upon the squad with five games in two weeks.

"It's physically and mentally demanding for the players.

"Every single one of them has to reach a level of fitness, intensity in training.

"It's important we keep everybody fresh."

Little keeps a group buoyant like a six-game unbeaten run and, with a trip to Rotherham ahead, Darren is delighted to see an up-turn in fortunes away from The Hawthorns.

He added: "The last three away games have all been different - and we've performed accordingly.

"It's good how we've come together as a team to get the right results.

"We've been better tactically in terms of our shape.

"The boys have been resilient so we'll be looking to continue that.

"Rotherham's home record speaks for itself.

"The bookies would say that it's 'West Brom' but it's far from it in this league.

"It's important that we remain focused and continue the high standards we've set of ourselves."

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