Di Matteo: We won't get complacent

22 November 2009 10:27
Early strikes from Jerome Thomas and Chris Brunt, an own goal by Louis Carey and a 48th-minute effort from Simon Cox moved Albion a point clear of Newcastle, who do not play until Monday.[LNB]Paul Hartley grabbed a consolation in the 82nd minute with a 35-yard free-kick in his 400th league start.[LNB]Di Matteo, whose side have now scored 11 goals in their last three games, said: "You can't be higher than top so after 17 games we can be pleased.[LNB]"But we will not be getting complacent.[LNB]As long as we stay at the right end of the table for as long as possible that will be good for us.[LNB]"It is still very close at the top and it can only take two bad games to put you right back in the mix. I will just keep going as this is still early days in my managerial career.[LNB]"The expectations are very high at the club and it is great to work for a club like this as I am very ambitious myself.[LNB]"I thought it was an excellent performance and I was delighted with the display.[LNB]We looked very strong.[LNB]"Getting an early goal is in your game plan and getting those goals at the start of the second half meant that the game was over."[LNB]City had arrived at The Hawthorns on the back of a seven-match unbeaten run and having lost just twice this season.[LNB]But there was no way back after Albion's quick double and City boss Gary Johnson said: "You can't give a team like West Brom a two goal start and then give them another two goals just after half time which killed us.[LNB]"We are very disappointed but we are not totally distraught after coming up against a very good side who are strong at home.[LNB]"We had a little bit of the play but didn't take our chances.[LNB]At 2-0 you know the next goal is vital and they got it.[LNB]"After a result like this you slaughter the players first because that is how you feel because we did defend poorly and didn't create enough opportunities.[LNB]"You let them know we are disappointed and they will take home a video and then come in and discuss whether they feel they have affected the game at this level as an individual.[LNB]"They have to be doing that at this level for us to be challenging for a top two spot.[LNB]"We have lost our seven-game unbeaten record and we will now have to rally the troops for the two home games that are coming up."[LNB][LNB][LNB]

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