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Bilić: Baggies need to be at their best

Slaven Bilić insists Albion will not be taking Monday’s clash with Stoke City lightly and are fully aware of the dangerous threat they pose.

The Baggies travel to Staffordshire looking for their fifth away win of the season following away-day triumphs at Nottingham Forest, Luton Town, QPR and Middlesbrough.

Albion will come up against a Stoke City side who have found victories hard to come by in the Sky Bet Championship so far this season, with the Potters sitting in the bottom three after taking eight points from their opening 14 league games.

But Bilic, “surprised” by Stoke’s current lowly standing in the division, believes Monday night’s test is a much more challenging one than the table would suggest and has warned against any hint of complacency.

“I haven’t come across anyone who is a little bit thinking that it is going to be an easy game,” said Slaven.

“I don’t want to and I haven’t heard anything about it being an easy game. There are no easy games.

“We felt it. Everybody felt it against Barnsley at home. You are 2-0 down, they are bottom, you are top. How? You have it in every league and you have it in the Championship.

“Everybody is surprised with Stoke’s league position. They are surprised and we are all surprised.

“Stoke is a massive club. They are not a massive club that said 'let’s be okay in the league and wait for a few years' - they were there to fight for promotion.

“They have improved. What is significant for us is they have picked up points against the teams that are in better form than they are. They picked up the points against Swansea and against Fulham at home. 

“That is a big warning for us that we absolutely have to be good in every aspect of the game, and that is it.”

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