Tony Pulis has said there is still a lot of work to be done if West Bromwich Albion are to stay in the Premier League this season.
Albion travel to the North East to play Sunderland tomorrow, looking to extend a promising record of just one defeat in nine games since Pulis took charge.
Despite a good start to his reign at the club the Baggies head coach believes tough tasks lie ahead of his side.
Speaking to the press ahead of tomorrow’s game Pulis said: “It is a good start but we have still got all the work to do.
“If you look at the games that we have got coming up there’s all the work to do in front of us. The players can gleam a lot of confidence about what they have done so far, we still need those results.
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"We need to step on, we need to not take our foot off the pedal. For all of what we have done you still look at the league and still look at what is ahead of us and it is going to be a tough, tough journey right until the end of the season I think.”
Concentration is key
The Baggies sit one place and two points ahead of the Black Cats and are four points better off than local rivals Aston Villa who occupy the final relegation spot but Pulis says he does not pay attention to how other teams are doing in the league.
He said: “I don’t look and check what other people are doing or what they are not doing. You can’t affect that, the most important thing is concentrating on what you can do.
“We spend too much time worry about what other people are doing, what other people are saying and what other people are up to instead of just concentrating on what you can affect and I can only affect what I am doing at this football club.”
Albion are riding a wave of confidence currently and that was epitomised in their 4-0 hammering of West Ham United in the FA Cup last weekend. Having scored two against the Hammers Brown Ideye has taken his tally to four in his last three appearances for the Baggies and Pulis is pleased the Nigerian striker is finally finding some form.
He said: “We are delighted because we needed someone up there to lead the line and score us goals. For all of Saido’s [Berahino] ability and craft and the good player he is going to be he is still only a young lad so we needed someone else being up there as well.
With Victor [Anichebe] being injured Browny has come in and in the last few weeks he has really looked a player.”
Black Cats threat
West Brom travel to the Stadium of Light to face a Black Cats team low on confidence following a run of eight league games that has seen them pick up just five points. They were also dumped out of the FA Cup by League One Bradford City last weekend, however Pulis is taking nothing for granted.
The former Stoke City and Crystal Palace manager said: “We watched them versus Burnley and the QPR game, second half they could have scored four or five goals Sunderland. They were sloppy first half but second half they really pulled it together and if they had of got the breaks they could have got a result easy against QPR.
“Like all of us they are not far short from getting results so we will be prepared. I have got tremendous respect for Gus and that football club so we will certainly be prepared for what will be a real, real tough battle.”