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Steve Clarke insists West Brom are worthy of top-five Premier League position

Steve Clarke: Applauding West Brom's efforts

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West Brom manager Steve Clarke insists his team are worthy of their current top-five position in the Premier League.

Clarke's men have made an impressive start to the campaign by taking 17 points from their opening 10 matches.

And Clarke is hoping to add to that points tally when he takes his team to the DW Stadium for Saturday's match with Wigan.

The Baggies boss believes his team will continue to deliver if they keep their focus and not look beyond individual challenges.

Clarke said: "We are there for a reason because we deserve to be there. The games we've played, we've accumulated a good number of points.

"But it is a dangerous league if you look too far ahead and you take your eye off what you are trying to do at any given time.

"We are there for a reason because we deserve to be there. The games we've played, we've accumulated a good number of points."

Steve Clarke

"If you do that, it is a league in which you can easily lose three or four games in a row and we have to be careful of that.

"We have to keep our focus on what we are trying to do which is picking up points from game to game."

Clarke added: "I think the mentality outside the football club will change, the expectation level. But we know within the club what we are trying to do, where we are trying to get to.

"The players are very level-headed, they know the objectives and how to get towards those objectives, and the first one is to make sure we are safe."

Former Chelsea and Liverpool number two Clarke is also prepared if Albion's season suffers a dip in fortunes.

He said: "I'm ready for it. I'm not expecting it but I would be ready for it. I've got plenty of experience. I've been at clubs which have been on bad runs before.

"I know what it is about, I know how to handle it, but I'm not expecting it."