McAuley, who doubled Albion's lead at the weekend, says that the club are looking to at least match their record of ten clean sheets from last year.
"We've managed two clean sheets so far, we got ten last season and that is the minimum we expect of ourselves this year," said McAuley. "Jonas is massive for us and we hit it off with the partnership straight away, we developed that last season and we're looking to make it even better again.
"It is great but we have done a lot of hard work pre-season, a lot of new ideas, and we are developing that still, as we were during the week. Things have been going well and hopefully that can continue and we can all develop together.
"I'll take the goal but I'm happier with the clean sheet."
Albion currently find themselves third in the Premier League table.