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Championship challenge requires ‘horses for courses’

DARREN Moore will adopt a “horses for courses” approach as Albion continue to meet the demands of the Sky Bet Championship.

The Baggies boss switched formations to devastating effect as Albion brushed aside Leeds United 4-1 at The Hawthorns on Saturday - taking the Club’s league goal tally to 37 for the season. 

But the gaffer insists it is not as simple as sticking with that style and formation, admitting his team will need to adapt for the various challenges that lie ahead.  

“I think we can look and say we’ve tightened things up off the ball,” said Moore. 

“We’re looking more of a sturdy outfit. That is a result of the work we’ve done in training. 

“We’ve changed a lot as a team this year, as everybody will have seen, we’ve changed a lot in the club, and we continue to change.  

“We played a different shape and system against Leeds, we’ve played many different shapes this season. I’ve played with a back three, a back five, I’ve played a back four, there’s lots of different shapes we can play. 

“I feel in this league you need horses for courses, you can’t go with just one shape.

“This Championship division presents lots of different problems that you’ve got to overcome game-in, game-out. 

“It all takes work and time and that’s why when I took the role in May I asked for that strength and unity from the whole club because I knew where I wanted to take Albion. 

“Where I want to take Albion will involve a lot of change [from where we were] but that change involves everybody being together and understanding the challenge. 

“One thing I can assure everybody is that we are working incredibly hard to see that change through in an effective way.”

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