Jake Livermore says Saturday’s win against Bristol City will “mean nothing” if Albion don’t back it up with another good showing against Preston on Tuesday night.
The Baggies host sixth-placed North End at The Hawthorns (ko 8pm) looking to build on the 3-0 victory at Ashton Gate and extend an impressive five-match unbeaten run that has strengthened their place at the summit of the Sky Bet Championship.
And skipper Jake, who is enjoying a slightly more advanced role in Slaven Bilić’s line-up of late, doesn’t want his team-mates to let up as they tackle their remaining 12 fixtures - starting with Preston.
“It’s a pleasure to play in this team at the minute, but you’re only as good as your last game,” said Livermore. “We go again in what feels like about 20 minutes!
“We’ll rest, recover and we’ll go again because otherwise the Bristol City result means nothing. We’ve got two big home games coming up.
“Every team we play now, as much as it’s our cup final it’s theirs too. Everyone has got something to fight for at this stage of the season.
“My role has changed and I’m enjoying it. But I’d be nothing without the other 10 on the pitch and the others in the dressing room too. We’re all one as a team.”
The captain also heaped praise on Hal Robson-Kanu, who scored twice on the weekend to take his tally up to nine for the 2019/20 campaign.
“He (Robson-Kanu) has been class,” added Jake.
“He’s a good, good friend of mine but he’s a good, good player as well. He’s been fantastic.
“I feel for Charlie (Austin) and big Ken (Zohore), but when Hal’s playing like that and leading the line as he is, we all want the same thing.
“We’ve all got the same goal, and he’s doing all he can to contribute towards it.”