MX23RW : Thursday, January 23 09:26:06| >> :600:3948346:3948346:

Slaven Bilic compares Matheus Pereira to Luka Modric

Slaven Bilic compares Matheus Pereira to Luka Modric
© Reuters
Matheus Pereira shone in the Baggies' latest victory.

West Brom head coach Slaven Bilic is not getting carried away with thoughts of automatic promotion after his side returned to the top of the Sky Bet Championship by thrashing Swansea 5-1.

Goals from Semi Ajayi, Matheus Pereira, Hal Robson-Kanu, Matt Phillips and Kyle Edwards gave West Brom their biggest win of the season and extended the gap to third-placed Fulham to 10 points.

Sam Surridge had pulled one back to make it 2-1 but the outcome was never in doubt.

Despite West Brom's healthy advantage, Bilic is aware there is plenty of time for his team to be caught.

"Without other teams making a miracle, and without us dropping down, how many games do you need to close a gap of 10 points? Ten games," said Bilic.

"There are 26 games to go, so basically they have two-and-a-half times to do it."

Pereira had a hand in all five goals as Albion made it six straight wins, 10 games without defeat and 16 home league matches unbeaten.

Bilic compared on-loan Sporting Lisbon playmaker to some of the great talents he has managed, including former Ballon d'Or winner Luka Modric.

"Everybody likes to play with young players who are good on the ball," he added.

"Is it Modric when he was a kid in Croatia? Is it Lanzini? Is it Payet? But it's not enough. There's always room for good players if they work hard.

"I'm praising the team – to get Pereira into those positions, he needs the whole team."

Swansea lost the only remaining unbeaten away record in the Championship.

Manager Steve Cooper said: "It was self inflicted and naive, and because of that we got what we deserved.

"The scoreline says it all. It was a difficult day and self inflicted for large parts.

"If you're going to be as naive as we were with the goals, you're asking for trouble."

Swansea have won just three times in 15 games and Cooper wants to see a reaction at home to Blackburn on Wednesday.

"What we need to do is respond in the right way," he said. "I've said to the players we've got one option and that's to put it right on Wednesday night."

body check tags ::

Click here for more stories about Slaven Bilic

Click here for more stories about Swansea City

Share this article now:
New Instagram promo
West Brom biss Slaven Bilic pictured on November 9, 2019
Read Next:
Slaven Bilic expecting "Premier League" test from Swansea
>
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free match previews newsletter! Updates are sent twice a week.

rhs 2.0
Premier League
FA Cup
Copa del Rey
Australian Open Third Round
12am
Schwartzman
Lajovic
12am
Barty
Rybakina
2am
Fucsovics
Paul
2am
Jabeur
Wozniacki
2am
Wang
Williams
2.30am
Alexandrova
Kvitova
4am
Cilic
Bautista Agut
4am
Nishioka
Djokovic
4.30am
Riske
Goerges
4.30am
Keys
Sakkari
6.30am
Sandgren
Querrey
6.30am
Pella
Fognini
8am
Tsitsipas
Raonic
8am
Osaka
Gauff
10am
Millman
Federer
10.30am
Zheng
Kenin
Greek Superleague
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool22211052143864
2Manchester CityMan City24163565273851
3Leicester CityLeicester24153652242848
4Chelsea2412484132940
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd249783629734
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs249783832634
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2381053430434
8Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd248972523233
9Southampton2494113142-1131
10Arsenal2461263234-230
11Crystal Palace247982228-630
12Everton2486102835-730
13Burnley2493122838-1030
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2486102436-1230
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2467112734-725
16Aston Villa2474133145-1425
17West Ham UnitedWest Ham2365122738-1123
18Bournemouth2465132337-1423
19Watford2458112136-1523
20Norwich CityNorwich2445152447-2317

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!