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‘It’s all about momentum’ - Shan

Jimmy Shan says continuing to build momentum in the final two games of the season is vital for Albion.

The Baggies host Rotherham United on Saturday at The Hawthorns before travelling to Derby County on the final day of the campaign ahead of the Play-Offs.

Albion have impressed in front of their own fans in recent weeks, scoring 13 times in a four-game winning streak against Swansea City, Birmingham City, Preston North End and Hull City.

And despite knowing what challenge awaits in the near future, Shan insists his team’s sole focus is stretching that sequence to five.

He said: “Everything about us now is about building momentum. 

“It’s nice to know we have secured a Play-Off spot but we can’t overlook the two games in front of us.

“These next two games give us a chance to build some real momentum in terms of cementing our playing style, getting match minutes in and forming relationships on the pitch.

“The two games give us a platform to build.

“The players fully understand that. It’s a clear focus and a clear knowledge of what is ahead of us.

“We need three points on Saturday to help us finish as high as we possibly can in the league.

“Performances and results breed confidence.

“It’s been pleasing to pick up four straight wins at The Hawthorns.

“It’s always nice to perform in front of your home fans and deliver victories.

“I’m sure it’ll be a good atmosphere. We’re determined to get another win.”

The Millers head to The Hawthorns needing a positive result to keep alive their Sky Bet Championship survival hopes.

Shan is expecting a “competitive” clash with Saturday’s visitors.

“Rotherham are fighting for their lives and they are a strong outfit.

“They might be at the wrong end of the table but if you look at their results, apart from one or two occasions this season, they have been involved in close games and have only lost by the odd goal.

“It’s going to be a competitive game and we are up for that challenge and the fight.

“I’ve watched their last three or four games and I was obviously involved when we went up there in December.

“They are strong, powerful and they set a tempo. 

“They are very competitive and they will stay in games. 

“They have a threat and they can cause teams problems. Add to that, they are fighting for their lives and I think that will give them another 10% on Saturday.”

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