Slaven Bilic has insisted that there is nothing to worry about despite West Brom still waiting for their first win of 2020 in the Championship.
Speaking to The Express and Star, the Croatian manager admitted that the job of gaining promotion to the Premier League is far from done, and Bilic seemingly insisted that some supporters have got ahead of themselves in thinking the task at hand was done given West Brom’s once considerable lead in the Championship table over sides in the play-off spots.
The gap from third to second has reduced to just six points in recent weeks with the likes of Brentford and Fulham continuing to impress in the Championship, whilst West Brom and Leeds United have only managed one victory between them in their past five games as records from Soccer Way show.
Are West Brom going to bottle their position in the top-two?
No, we're too good to drop out
Yes, we're beginning to wobble
Bilic said about the Baggies worrying form: “There is no concern, there is no need to panic. As I’ve said, we hadn’t done anything worth celebrating. Maybe some people were saying, thinking or writing that it’s job done for us and Leeds. But I said before it’s not. Everything starts now, everything that has happened before doesn’t matter. It starts now. There is still a long, long way to go and we have to start winning games.”
Results this weekend could see the gap again reduce to just three points if Leeds fail to claim anything against Queens Park Rangers in the early Saturday game, whilst West Brom face a difficult test against Stoke City, who in recent weeks have begun picking up form following their woeful start to the season.
The Baggies will be keen on returning to winning ways and to begin distancing themselves from the teams in the play-off spots again, but for Bilic, there should be cause for concern with the race for automatic promotion beginning to blow open.