West Brom boss Steve Clarke is refusing to get carried away by his team’s lofty third place in the Premier League and insists he is looking no further ahead than Wednesday night’s trip to Swansea.
Speaking after his side had leapfrogged former club Chelsea into third place in the league following their 4-2 win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, Clarke refused to be drawn on whether the Baggies have what it takes to mount a sustained challenge for a European place.
"I don't know. I don't know is the honest answer. All I know is up until now, we have done very well. We have had a lot of plaudits and the players deserve it because so far, we have been a really good team, he said.
"But you don't get carried away in the Premier League. We are still this side of Christmas, there are a lot of games to be played, a lot of points to be fought for. Our focus is on Wednesday night, that's as far ahead as we look."
"I don't dream too much, I'm a realist. I knew the squad of players I was taking over was a good squad, I knew it was a squad comfortable in the Premier League.
"They had finished mid-table and mid-table with 47 points both seasons. We knew we had added some good players to the squad, and we were hopeful that we could have a good season.
"So far, we have done okay."