Christmas No.1 a ‘privilege’ says Bilić

Slaven Bilić says it’s a privilege to be top of the table at Christmas and insists his Albion side should not hide from the fact they are in a good position.

The Baggies retained their place at the summit of the Sky Bet Championship with a 1-1 draw against in-form Brentford at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

And the Baggies boss believes there’s no point denying he’s happy with the team at the season’s halfway point.

“It’s been good, it’s been really good, to be fair,” he admitted. “Good results, good football; there’s been a good atmosphere, and we’ve made good progress.

“But there’s still a long way to go and we have to continue to work hard. I can’t hide it, I’m happy with the way we’re playing in the majority of the games, of course.

“We are taking more control of games without losing that spark. At the moment we have a good squad and we are in a good position, we have good players, and we have players who are in good form, not just one.

“We are defending as a team, we are scoring as a team, and we don’t depend on one player. On the other hand we have great individuals who can decide the games when they are tight.

“We are in a good situation and we don’t have to hide it. I always say that we have to know what brought us this privilege. It’s come from us working hard. We are still a team that can progress a lot and improve a lot, and we are doing that in every training. I’m quite pleased.”

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