Baggies defender determined to pile pressure on Norwich, Leeds and Sheffield United

PUBLISHED: 11:58 03 April 2019 | UPDATED: 11:58 03 April 2019

West Brom defender Craig Dawson battling with Norwich City striker Teemu Pukki during a 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns in January 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

West Brom defender Craig Dawson battling with Norwich City striker Teemu Pukki during a 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns in January Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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West Brom still believe they can rejoin the automatic promotion battle, Baggies defender Craig Dawson has warned Norwich, Leeds and Sheffield United.

Albion have won three games on the spin under caretaker James Shan, after Darren Moore was sacked last month, and sit six points behind second-placed Leeds – although the 11 point gap to leaders City with seven games left looks too big to close.

“We’ve got to keep momentum going,” Dawson said ahead of Saturday’s trip to relegation threatened Millwall. “Our mindset is very much about chasing the teams above us.

“Fair play to them in that they have kept a very consistent set of results going but we have to try to apply pressure and see if we can get in there.

“It’s the Championship and its reputation is all about how surprising things can happen over the final weeks of the season.

“There’s a sense of momentum in the camp. Jimmy (Shan) has kept things ticking over extremely well and we’re a tight group who are all pushing for the same thing. There’s a good sense of purpose about the squad.

“I still think there can be all sorts of twists and turns. What we’ve got to do is make sure when the dust settles on this season, we have given it everything. You don’t want to go into the summer with any ‘if onlys...’”

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The Baggies won an eventful home derby on Friday, beating Birmingham 3-2, and head to Millwall looking to keep hopes of an immediate return to the top flight alive, ahead of a midweek trip to play-off rivals Bristol City.

“These are two tough, tough games,” Dawson continued, speaking to West Brom’s website. “Millwall’s cup exploits showed just what a handful they are on their home patch and of course they pushed Leeds all the way to wire at the weekend.

“You know what sort of battle you are going to get. It’s going to be a very different challenge at Bristol City, who will be flying after winning at Sheffield United. But I think teams will be wary of us now, too. It’s back to that point about momentum. It’s so important for a team and we feel we have it. But we’ve got to keep going.”

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