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Perfectionist Moore wants further improvement

20 January 2019

Darren Moore admits his Albion side have come a long way during his reign as Head Coach - but insists there is still plenty of room for improvement.

The Baggies have won more than half their games since the gaffer took charge of first-team affairs in April 2018 - following a run of results that saw the club win once in 30 league fixtures.  

Just one defeat in 11 leaves Albion only three points shy of the Sky Bet Championship automatic-promotion places ahead of Monday night’s trip to Bolton Wanderers. 

And Moore says this week's warm-weather training camp in Dubai has given him the opportunity to target areas for improvement.

“We’re continuing to look to improve and develop all areas of the pitch,” he said. 

“I keep saying with this team that we have come a long way - but there is so much room for further development and understanding. The only way you get to do that is on the training ground. 

“When you show the form that we have over the last 10 or 12 games, you have to be happy with that. I’m not completely satisfied because there is always stuff to work on in training, which we have been doing this week. 

“There are things on and off the ball that I see and identify that as a team we have to do better. 

“We’re working towards making those things better. There’s lots and lots of work to get stuck into them in terms of making us better.”

The Baggies were beaten 2-1 by Bolton on the opening day - one of only two Championship defeats at The Hawthorns this term.

And Darren has called for his players to guard against complacency at the University of Bolton Stadium on Monday.

“From Bolton we expect a fully-committed performance in front of their home support,” he added.

“There will be willingness from them to really work hard and be a difficult opponent. 

“We know that’s coming from Bolton, we know it will be a difficult game, and it’s never an easy arena to go to and get a result.

“We will need to be at our best if we are to continue the impressive form we have shown. We will need to set about them and set our match tempo.

“We’re looking forward to going there and contesting another tough game. 

“If you think that you have an easy game then the Championship will have you at its peril. It’s a division that on any day, if you’re not quite right, we’ve seen results - and not just ours - across the division from the top to the bottom, teams can suffer unusual results where the outside world has pitched them as favourites. It doesn’t work like that in the Championship.

“You will never hear me as a head coach - for any fixture this season - say that we are favourites because it doesn’t work like that. 

“What we have to do is keep our levels of concentration and focus going. We will plan for the game as we do for every single game.”


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