West Brom star wants Baggies to keep their feet ‘firmly on the gas’

Date published: Wednesday 11th December 2019 3:18

West Brom forward Matt Phillips has urged his team mates to keep their feet ‘firmly on the gas’ in their bid to win promotion back to the Premier League.

The Baggies are currently in second place behind league leaders Leeds but a win tonight against struggling Wigan will see them leapfrog the Whites back in to first place.

West Brom have now opened up a 10 point gap between themselves and third placed Fulham, following the Cottagers’ defeat at the hands of Preston last night.

Phillips, who has netted seven times already this season, has challenged his teammates to keep up the tempo tonight against Wigan.

He said: “Nothing is done yet and we must keep our foot firmly on the gas so we keep pushing forward.

Throughout the week we put in the work to prepare for the game so it’s about putting that together on the pitch and putting the practice into action.”

Phillips was keen to stress the positive work culture at the club, he explained that all staff and players demand the very best of each other.

He added: “Everyone is pushing each other every day. The manager is demanding, the boys are demanding of each other, and we’ll keep going.”

West Brom are coming into tonight’s game on a six game winning streak following Sunday’s 5-1 hammering of Swansea City.

 

Despite their league position, Baggies boss Slaven Bilic understands there is still time for the chasing pack to catch up.

Speaking after their 5-1 victory at the weekend, he said: “How many games do you need to close a gap of 10 points? Ten games.

“There are 26 games to go, so basically they have two-and-a-half times to do it.

“We need to keep doing our thing and not worry too much about the league.”

This week could be a great opportunity for West Brom to earn maximum points as they face struggling Birmingham in a West Midlands derby after tonight’s clash at Wigan.

Meanwhile Leeds, take on Cardiff before a tough trip to the capital to play third place Fulham.

 

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