Dan Burn expects today’s meeting with Norwich City to be as difficult as the two Premier League games that follow the trip to Carrow Road.
Albion entertain champions Manchester City next week before finishing October with a trip to Liverpool, but the defender thinks the Canaries will be just as tough a test despite sitting bottom of the league with one point, from a 0-0 draw at Burnley last time out.
“They couldn’t have had a tougher start,” said Burn. “I think their manager [Daniel Farke] said they didn’t write those games off but they knew their season started after they got them out of the way. Before the season started they would have looked at us and thought there is a chance to get some points.
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“We’ve had some tough games against them in the past. The last time they were in the Premier League we won both but they were very difficult and they have now got their crowd back who always get behind them.
“We’re just making sure we don’t get ahead of ourselves. Before the end of the month we’re going to come up against a couple of the really top teams and it can all change. But our confidence is high, I think we’re playing well but first things first, we want to put in a good performance and get some points against Norwich.”
Albion go into the game in sixth place having picked up 14 points from their first seven games. Burn doesn’t think Albion are doing a lot different from last season, except in one area.
“The difference is we’re taking a lot more chances,” he added. “Our front lads have been doing really well but also someone like Duffs [Shane Duffy] has come back into the team and he’s a big threat at set pieces. Scoring is the hardest part of the game, but it does feel like we are getting rewarded for the work we do on the training ground on things like pattern of play.”