West Brom head coach Darren Moore will not be savouring his side’s 3-2 victory over Preston for too long as the Baggies moved to the top of the Championship.
Jay Rodriguez and Dwight Gayle continued their fine form with two second-half strikes to compound Preston to a third straight defeat.
West Brom, who leapfrogged Leeds and Middlesbrough following the victory, are now unbeaten in their last four but head coach Moore says there is still plenty of work to be done if his side are to make an immediate return to the Premier League.
He said: “We want to get better and we’re constantly working at that. We’re a team in transition, we’re trying to change our style of play and get results in a very, very difficult division. It’s a tough division and we’re one of 24 teams in a relentless, exciting Championship.
“I think there’s more to come and more had to come, together, collectively as a unit and together as a football club.
“We will keep working at that and we have to keep working at that. We will savour this result over the next 24 hours and then we focus on the next midweek game and go back to work.
“In this league it is always good to pick up three points on the road. I thought we were worthy winners today and I thought we found a way to win the game. We made it a little bit nervy towards the end.
“I always felt that we were in control of the game but just needed more urgency in possession of the ball to move them around a bit more. I have no complaints, the boys found the way to win the game.”
Preston boss Alex Neil revealed he is worried by his side’s form which sees them remain at the foot of the table.
Andrew Hughes and Alan Browne netted for the hosts but it was not enough to prevent a home loss.
A Ben Davies own goal compounded Preston’s misery and Neil claims his side need to start picking up points quickly.
“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t concerned about the table,” Neil said.
“We need to pick up a lot more points and pick them up quickly. Winning is a habit and losing can also be a habit. The fact is that we need to muck in together and it’s frustrating for the players and the coach.
“All we can do is keeping working hard, they’re a good bunch and they want to put it right. We’ve got two really important games coming up then a break then a batch of really important games. I think the character of the players and the club is that we don’t give up, we keep going.
“I think the attitude of the lads and how they’re approaching things, there’s not an issue with that at all.
“I feel sorry for the players because they’re working really, really hard.
“I’ve told them that I can’t ask any more from them because they’re trying really hard, they knew their jobs and although we lacked a bit of quality at times but I think if we play like we did today against other teams then we will certainly pick up more points.
“They just had the defining moments that won them the game.”