It’s felt like a long fortnight with the October international break getting in the way of West Bromwich Albion’s almost perfect start to life under head coach Slaven Bilic, but this weekend sees us back in Championship action this Saturday as we make the trip to the Riverside Stadium to face fellow promotion hopefuls (although current strugglers) Middlesbrough.
Going into the game we sit in top spot in the second tier table, but goal difference is our friend as we are tied on points with Nottingham Forest, given six wins and four draws from the opening eleven matches.
With the lull in the fixtures, summer arrival Charlie Austin told the Express and Star that although fans needed to be patient, it had been a great start and that he felt there was every reason for optimism ahead given the number of games that still have to be played this season.
“We’re top of the table, we know what we have and we know what we have got in the changing room. It’s going to be an exciting season. We’ve got to be patient. We know we are going to have games where it is not going to go for us but we will have plenty where it will and I truly believe in everyone in that changing room. We’ve got goals all over the pitch. Even our full-backs are scoring. That’s going to happen for the rest of the season, for sure. The goals will be all around the team. For West Brom fans it will be an exciting season. Stay patient, don’t get too carried away but I’m sure we will fine.”
Austin is right to temper expectations as the season will ebb and flow in the months that remain, but if we can stay reasonably tight at the back, and continue to carry a goal threat from all areas of the pitch, it could well be a season to remember after last year’s disappointments.
Another three points this weekend would show the break was well timed.