West Brom wideman Adam Reach says the Baggies must aim to emulate their display against Cardiff City when they take on fellow promotion hopefuls Stoke City in the Championship on Friday evening (Match result – Stoke 13/5, West Brom 6/5, draw 23/10).
Albion impressed with a 4-0 success at Cardiff on Tuesday as they moved to the top of the table, but now the focus is on the Potters, who themselves have had a decent start to the campaign as they sit fifth in the table, just four points behind.
Reach believes West Brom’s promotion credentials will be tested again as he called on his team-mates to deliver a similar display to the one they put on in South Wales.
He told the club’s website: “It’ll be tough. Every game in this division is tough away from home. Like us, they have such a strong squad full of players who have either played in the Premier League or are aspiring to get there.
“It’s about going to those places and sticking to our principles. We need to try and do what we did at Cardiff and then even more on top of that. Maybe even be a little bit more ruthless in forward areas.”
With a second game in just four days, Baggies boss Valerien Ismael may be tempted to make changes for the trip north, with Matt Phillips and Grady Diangana both pushing for starts after they impressed as substitutes against the Bluebirds.
Reach should keep his place at left wing-back, while Darnell Furlong is again expected to operate on the other flank.
Stoke midfielder Sam Clucas is suspended after he picked up his fifth yellow card in their draw at Preston on Tuesday, while Sam Surridge is pushing for a recall up front.