The Baggies have amassed a magnificent 26 points after 13 games leaving them third, just behind the Manchester duo.
This has prompted talk that the Midlanders may be able to secure European football for next season, but Clarke believes that the team must just focus on maintaining their level of performance:
“This is where you get tested. This is a test of the squad, the character of the group,” he is quoted by SkySports.
“So far every time they’ve been tested, asked the question, they have passed the test, and there have been some pivotal moments.
“We have to keep facing those challenges and we have to keep our season on the right track.
“But we are not even into December yet. I’ll get lifted by it all when we get to the last weeks of the season. If we are still in a good position then, then I’ll enjoy the moment.
“At the moment I just have to keep working game to game. I know it is boring for you guys and you want me to get carried away and say ‘we are going to do this, that or the other.’ We are not.”
He did however commend his squad for their work so far:
“We are in a good place, are confident and want the games to come. We are not afraid of any games at any moment and we face the challenge head on.”