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Winner Barry lays down challenge

22 September 2018

GARETH Barry has challenged his Albion team-mates to mount an ascent on the Sky Bet Championship table - a climb the decorated midfielder admits will be “tough”.

Darren Moore’s men sit fourth in the league following Tuesday’s 4-2 win over Bristol City, with Millwall in town on Saturday afternoon. 

The 37-year-old won both the Premier League and The FA Cup during his time with Manchester City and says the Baggies must aspire to top the table. 

“I’d always rather be top of the tree looking down on everyone,” he said.

“You want people looking up the table in awe of you. 

“We want to set the standards and being at the top sets them. 

“That’s where we want to get as soon as possible. It’s not easy and the early games have shown that there’s going to be tough games all the time, especially away from home. 

“We are going to need to improve away if we are going to get to the top. The three points away from home is a target for us.

“If we keep our home form as it is and work on our away form then I’m sure we can head to the top.” 

And Barry believes Saturday’s opponents will be “hungry” to tear up the form book at The Hawthorns.    

“I’m expecting a tough, gritty performance from Millwall,” he added. 

“They’re probably not overly happy with the start they’ve made. 

“They finished the season really strong last season. 

“I listened to their manager after their last game and I don’t think he was happy with their performance. They’ll be hungry to put that right here. 

“We’ve got to be wary of that and respect Millwall. 

“We will keep doing what we’re doing and that’s take the game to them.” 


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