Roy Hodgson is refusing to set West Brom a points target as he looks to drag the Baggies away from the relegation zone.
West Brom are currently 17th with 28 points – just one off the bottom three ahead of Monday’s trip to Stoke.
“It’s a little bit dangerous to start playing fantasy football and working out where you will get your points and other teams will drop their points,” Hodgson said.
“For me the only thing we can do is take every game as it comes.”
“Traditionally we all think at the start of the season that 40 points will be enough, but there’s no guarantee, that 40 points will keep you in the league.”
Stoke have built a reputation as a tough side to beat at home but Hodgson insists he will not change his tactics to suit their style of play.
“Every week you play a team which has a slightly different focus to its play and normally when you start the week you tend to prepare your work around that focus,” he added.
“It’s still important for us to do a load of things rights as far as we’re concerned, that we don’t change our game totally for the opposition, that we have a game of our own and a game plan of our own.”
Hodgson has also reported he has no injury worries for the trip to the Britannia.