West Brom boss looking to raise the bar for Baggies

Steve Clarke needs expectations to remain realisticWest Brom manager Steve Clarke believes his squad will still be motivated in the final eight games of the Premier League season.

The Baggies have secured a fourth-successive season in the top flight by attaining 44 points from 30 matches and, although they are some way off the pace for a European spot, he believes that his side will still be motivated.

Clarke took charge of Albion during the summer after the departure of Roy Hodgson to the England set-up and he believes that the players will now be looking to end on a high.

The last two seasons have seen the club end of 47 points and with a win at the weekend against West Ham will see them tie that total with seven games to add to the record.

“We are professional, we want to finish as high as we can with as many points as we can,” said Clarke.

“The next target for us is to get more points than we did in the last two seasons which is 47. If we win at the weekend we will equal that, and it will give us seven games to better it.

“For anyone to question our commitment or our desire to do well for the last eight games is wrong.”

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