Gross: Our first target is always 40 points

Midfielder plays down expectation levels after opening-day win.

By Charlie Hanson • 12 August 2022

By Paul Hazlewood
Pascal Gross speaks to Graham Potter during Albion's win at Old Trafford last Sunday.

Pascal Gross has said that Albion have only one long term target when the season starts.

After breaking our points record last season when we finished ninth, Gross netted twice last Sunday as we opened the new campaign with a 2-1 win over Manchester United.

Our German midfielder says the only long-term target that we should be focussing on is reaching the 40-point mark.


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“I don’t think that it would be right to look that far ahead and have ambitions to think that you can finish even better than the last year,” Pascal said.

“It was a really good finish for us, ninth place. But our goal is reaching 40 points as quickly as we can – that’s my ambition for the season, that’s how I go for every season. From there, hopefully as early as we can, you can move on and speak about different targets.”

Newcastle are at the Amex on Saturday for our first home game of the season and the 31-year-old can’t wait to be back playing in front of our supporters.

By James Boardman
Albion's last league game at the Amex saw us run out 3-1 winners over West Ham.

“I am very excited and can’t wait, it’s always special to play at home in front of our fans. I think that they also can’t wait to come to a Premier League game again after the three points against United and I hope that the support will be big. I am really looking forward to it.

“I think that there’s no doubt that the relationship with the fans and the team is really good. Our support at United was amazing and now we can’t wait for a full Amex this Saturday and hopefully we can celebrate three points.”