Slaven reflects on ‘really good week’

Back-to-back wins, a return to the top of the table and even a royal visit - Slaven Bilić says his side have enjoyed a busy seven days at Albion HQ.

The Baggies beat Sheffield Wednesday and Bristol City in a Hawthorns double-header to compound their place at the summit of the second tier before hosting HRH The Duke of Cambridge this week, with a strong feel-good factor reverberating around the Club ahead of Monday night’s trip to Preston.

“It’s been a really good week. I think we’ve deserved it,” said Slaven.

“We also have to appreciate it, and to know what led us to this good week - hours and hours of training - and the only way we can have another week like this is basically following a very simple formula.

“You have to earn it, you have to work really hard to maintain and improve your efforts and everything to deserve the luck we needed.

“If we stay like that, humble and positive but also strong and arrogant, then hopefully it’s very likely that we’re going to have more weeks like this.”

Bilić was delighted to see his team maintain their unbeaten home form with the two triumphs earlier this week, and the boss is hopeful Albion can now maintain their strong showings away from B71 when they travel up to Deepdale.

The Baggies have lost just once on the road so far this season, picking up 20 points from nine matches, with Slaven putting that fantastic form down to a number of key factors.

“Quality, patterns, structure, working hard, character and spirit,” he explained.

“Look, make no mistake - at the end of the season you have more points and victories at home than away.

“Away from home you are not rushing, you are not losing your shape. Away from home, you are not nervous if after 10 minutes you don’t have four corners and two clear-cut chances. We are not rushing things, we are good at keeping the ball.

“Those little things make you a little bit more composed, but make no mistake I would love to play all of the games at home!”

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