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Slaven’s Luton pre-match press conference

16 August 2019

Slaven Bilić has spoken to the local and national media ahead of this weekend’s Sky Bet Championship game against Luton Town.

The Baggies travel down to Kenilworth Road aiming to continue their unbeaten start to the league campaign in front of a sold-out away end on Saturday (ko 3pm).

And the gaffer talked about their opponents, as well as how his squad is looking after a busy seven days, among a range of subjects in his press conference.

Here's a taster of what he's been saying, and you can also watch his pre-match chat on WBA TV.

Slaven on preparing for the fixture…

“It’s been a short preparation but the games are the best preparations, the games are the best training.

“We haven’t had a lot of time for training but we’ve had time to analyse both of the games against Millwall, and that’s also a good way to prepare yourself even when you’re short on days or whatever.

“So we’ve done that and I can say we are ready for a game tomorrow.”

On team news…

“It’s only Hal (Robson-Kanu) still. He missed the game on Tuesday because of a bit of a back problem. It’s nothing serious, just a spasm and quite stiff. He’s going to train today but he will not be in the squad.

“Apart from that, touch wood, we are okay - no injuries. There’s a bit of fatigue, you know, when the games are close and you have players who played and players who haven’t played.

“We are fit, we are ready, we are up for it and we are looking forward to the game.

“Charlie Austin is good. You never know in football, but he is definitely going to participate in the game. I’ve got to decide if it will be from the start or in the second-half.”

On Luton…

“They don’t play ‘all Championship’ football they play very brave football, which puts them in a position that they can harm you or hurt you a lot. But then it leaves them sometimes in a position that you can hurt them, and we saw that in those couple of Championship games.

“We will have to be very organised when they have the ball. We will have to be clever… And also we will have to be good on the ball when we get it to cause them problems.

“It’s a good stadium. I don’t remember myself ever being there but I watched the game against Middlesbrough. It’s one of them, it’s loud and everything seems dangerous if you know what I mean.”

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