Jake: We can grab ‘mental edge’

Jake Livermore believes Albion can take advantage of their strong Sky Bet Championship Play-Off position to gain a psychological edge in the battle for promotion.

The Baggies begin the Easter programme and final four games of the scheduled season seven points clear of seventh-placed Middlesbrough.

No-one is taking anything for granted at the Palm Training Ground, says Livermore, but inevitably he and his team-mates are beginning to focus on the four-team finale for the final promotion spot.

“All the work at the training ground is geared to the goal of going up,” he insists.

“Mentally, it can be a massive advantage that the initial disappointment of not going up the automatic route is now gone and now we are fully focused on going up through the Play-Offs.

“I’m sure the fans won’t care which way we do it as long as we get up - but to do it at Wembley would be fantastic.”

Jake knows what he is talking about having tasted promotion to the Premier League in the 2016 Play-Off final with the team he faces next as an Albion player, Hull City.

He still has a lot of affection for Friday’s opponents but admits: “For me, this game is all about us and what we do.

“I had some great years there and have friends still at the club who I keep in touch with. But now it’s about us and what we need to do.

“Hopefully, we have secured a place relatively early and can get our heads fully around it and know what we’ve got to do.”

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