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West Bromwich Albion winger Matty Phillips has fired a fearless warning to their Championship rivals after their victory over Stoke City saw them return to the top of the table.
The 28-year-old is well on track for a career-year under Baggies boss Slaven Bilic, and on Monday night, he only strengthened that argument by adding his sixth goal of the season, one more than he achieved last campaign.
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His strike put Albion one-up inside ten minutes, and it really set the tone for the rest of the match as they were always in control.
Following the game, Phillips spoke to West Brom’s official website about his contribution and life under the Croatian, he said:
“We want promotion and it’s great getting on the scoresheet. Personally it’s brilliant.
“As a team, we’re playing some good stuff and creating a lot of chances. As I keep saying it’s a joy to play in.
“At times, we can play a lot better. We can be a lot more fluent, but we’re working hard and with the three points tonight we’ll push on for Saturday.
“It’s very tight at the top so nothing is done yet but as long as we keep picking up the three points it will stand us in good stead.”
We can play a lot better.
Those six words should soon strike fear into the chasing pack – namely second-placed trio Preston North End, Leeds United and Swansea City.
West Brom are averaging two points per game at this stage of the season, meaning they are on course for a total of 92 points, which in four of the last five seasons has been enough for promotion.
If the Scottish wide man believes they haven’t even got out of second gear yet, then that has to be a worrying sign for the rest of the league because if they improve on the above points tally, then they will no doubt go up as champions.
Beware the Baggies.