West Bromwich Albion and former England man Gareth Barry has called on the side to be more ‘ruthless’ in the future as we look to make up for a bit of lost ground following the defeat to Middlesbrough in our last Championship tie.
With Boro coming back late on to take a 3-2 victory, we remain in fourth place in the second tier table and are now seven points off the top two, but that gap certainly isn’t unsurmountable.
Speaking to wba.co.uk ahead of Wednesday evening’s FA Cup replay clash with Brighton and Hove Albion, Barry knows it’s all to play for but he wants the side to make more of the chances we are creating so we kill games off again.
“Our target is to go on a run of games, that’s not just drawing and going unbeaten, we need to go on a run of winning games – whether that be four, five, six wins. We need to breed confidence and, if you do put a run like that together, you know that will shoot you right up and you’re going to be in those top two positions. We’ve got to be ruthless and take that approach. I’d be surprised if a team does run away with it because of how results have gone this season – there isn’t a stand out team like there have been in previous seasons. For me, let’s make that our target, let it be us that puts that run together. There are a lot of games left and we’re right in the mix. Our target is still to get the top two, we’re not thinking about the play-offs. At the end of the season we want to be in that top two.”
There’s certainly no reason to panic as we look to bounce back to the Premier League at the first time of asking as it was only our second defeat in the last 13 matches and the midweek Cup clash gives head coach Darren Moore the opportunity to rotate the pack again.
Barry is right to call for a winning run of games though and not just unbeaten as although no side has run away with things this year, a good run of form now could see us even better placed.