NIGEL Clough says his players aren’t fazed by going to the big clubs in League One and will relish the challenge of playing Charlton at The Valley tonight.
The Albion manager said: “Charlton have just beaten Portsmouth so they will be confident. There was a big crowd there on Saturday, they are on a different level to teams like ourselves in terms of support but we enjoy going and playing in the big stadiums against the big clubs.
“I don’t think we are frightened going anywhere at the moment. The two years in the Championship playing at bigger clubs and bigger grounds has helped.”
So tight is league One that Albion, who are 11th are both eight points off the play offs and eight points away from the relegation zone.
That means Clough wants a few more points quickly to avoid getting sucked towards the wrong end of the table but also hasn’t given up on making a late charge for the play offs.
He said: “We would like to play a few youngsters, but we need a few points yet. Also, if we win two out of the next three, we might be even closer to the top six. We also have seven out the top eight still to play.
“Josh Clarke has had an ankle injury and can’t get back in at the moment. It’s difficult to change a team that has only lost twice in 14 league games. Although there haven’t been enough wins in that, when you aren’t losing games there is no need to change too much.”