West Brom boss Slaven Bilic wary of 'extremely difficult' final run-in
Slaven Bilic has warned Albion still face two difficult games before promotion to the Premier League is secured.
But the boss says his side can enter the clashes against Huddersfield and QPR safe in the knowledge they are in good form and playing good football.
A 0-0 draw with Fulham last night means the Baggies will secure a return to English football’s top tier if they take six points from their final two matches.
And Bilic says the performances of his side in their last five outings means they can be confident of getting the job done.
“We are in a good position but we have got two extremely difficult games,” the head coach said.
“Not only because of the opponent - definitely with that - but also because of the pressure.
“Look, when football re-started we started a bit slower.
“Every team started a bit slower but we were a bit unlucky in those first couple of games (Blues and Brentford) to only get one point.
“But after that, the last five games, we are creating, we are dominating, our running statistics are great.
“We are in good form and playing good football. That is why I have optimism and belief.”
Albion locked horns with a Fulham side who also still harbour hopes of winning promotion automatically.
For long spells, the two teams cancelled each other out in what was a captivating clash at The Hawthorns.
But the Baggies had their chances to win it, particularly in the second-half when Grady Diangana and Semi Ajayi both went close.
“In every big game you have spells where the teams are neutralising each other,” Bilic said.
“But I think, overall, the whole second half was us.
“We pushed for a winner and we created more than enough chances to score a goal.
“You can’t expect to have five clear cut chances. But we had more than enough to score.
“I am extremely proud of the team performance. The only thing that wasn’t there was the result.”
Albion could still win promotion on Friday if Brentford lose against Preston North End tomorrow.
They will also only need four points from their last two games if the Bees draw against Alex Neal’s side.
Bilic, though, says he won’t watch the game - with the Croatian instead going to focus all his efforts on Albion’s clash at Huddersfield on Friday.
“It (Brentford versus Preston) is a very interesting game for us but I am going to watch Huddersfield,” he added.
“I’m going to watch as many Huddersfield games as I can.
“But I will check on my phone all the time.
“There is no point in me watching it, it’s only going to make me nervous. I will watch Huddersfield.
“But I am going to be a big Preston fan, of course.”