At the Rotherham pre-match press conference, first-team coach Nathan Jones delivered the latest team news, his thoughts on Albion’s position at the top of the league, the threat from the Millers and Bobby Zamora’s progress.
Team News: “We’ve done well on injuries. Kazenga LuaLua is obviously suspended for the game but that presents an opportunity for someone else. We’re fit, ready and all the players are motivated and looking forward to the game.
“We’ve got a squad that’s competing really well in training when they [subs] come on in games they’ve had an impact. People like Jake Forster-Caskey and Rohan Ince have really made an impact when they've come on, so it’s a good squad at the minute.”
Raised expectations being top: “We set our own expectations. What we’re looking for is to continue the form we’re in and we’ll prepare for the game in exactly the same manner, so there’s no extra expectation.
“Outside expectations won’t affect us. They [Rotherham] may look at the game and think that as they’ve done well against Brighton last season, the expectation could be on them.
“The only expectation we’re concerned about is what we’re creating here and the pressure we put on ourselves is to deliver results to keep the run going.”
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The threat from Rotherham: “They are a decent side that play in a positive way and they’re a dangerous team.
“Our record against them since I’ve been here has not been magnificent, so we know the dangers they pose and it would be unfair for me to single out any individual because they have a number of good players; they’ve brought in new players and brought in a few on loan, so they will provide a stern test.
“We’ve prepared in exactly the same way as we did against Ipswich, Hull, Fulham or any side we’ll come up against because it will be a very difficult team to play.
“You know that any team marshalled by Steve Evans will want to be positive and on the front foot, so we will expect nothing less.”
Bobby Zamora’s progress: “He just needs a little bit more training and a little bit more game time. He’s picked up certain injuries throughout his career, so we have to make sure we manage to get the best out of him.
"It’s just about getting that balance at the minute, but he’s had a fantastic influence in and around the place and I couldn’t say he’s either two weeks away or a week away. We have to get a little bit more time into him in terms of the volume of training and he’ll be fine.”
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