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05 November 2019 10:32

“But to be fair it wasn’t like that until we scored the second goal.

Goals from Matt Phillips and Hal Robson-Kanu saw the Baggies return to the top of the Championship following a straightforward victory over the managerless Potters. Albion put themselves in a commanding position early on with Phillips opening the scoring in the eighth minute. But while they dominated the ball throughout, it wasn't until Robson-Kanu scored from the penalty spot in the 69th minute that they could truly relax. "The game ended quite routine, quite comfortable - with ole's and everything," Bilic said. "But to be fair it wasn't like that until we scored the second goal.

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"It wasn't like we were living on the edge. But you can't be happy controlling the game when you are just one up. "Not just in the Championship, but in every football game. Goals can come and they change everything. "We started brilliantly, we scored but there was still 80 minutes to go. "It's difficult. It's Stoke away. They are in crisis, of course they are. "But they have some good players. Players who have played Champions League. They have quality. "And that is why I asked the guys to be more greedy. To not be happy controlling the game at 1-0. "But in the end we did it with class. Advertising "I'm not underestimating the win. It's a difficult away game. It's Monday night in Stoke. "They are in a position where they are wounded. "But we responded just the way I wanted with a clean sheet and three points."