Miller urges Baggies caution
Ishmael Miller has urged West Brom's fans not to get too carried away after last season's lofty mid-table finish.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 22/07/11 4:33pm
West Brom striker Ishmael Miller has urged the club's supporters not to get too carried away after last season's lofty mid-table finish.
The Baggies suffered just two defeats in their last 13 games to finish 11th in their first season back in the Premier League.
However, many sides have struggled to repeat their initial success during their second term in the top flight, and indeed, some have suffered relegation.
The 24-year-old, who recently rejected a season-long loan switch to Championship outfit Millwall, told skysports.com that survival is their top priority once again this season.
"Hopefully, we can push on next season, but everyone is aware that next season will be our second in the top flight and that brings its own pressures with it," said Miller.
"The second season always seems to be more difficult than the first if you manage to beat the drop first time round, but we are just going to give it our best shot and the main thing is to maintain our Premier League status again.
"If we can finish in the same area of the table as we did last season then that would be a massive bonus, but it is important that we don't get too carried away and focus on avoiding relegation first and foremost.
"I think that everyone at the club understands how important it is to maintain focus and also how difficult it is to establish yourself in the top flight because they've tried to do so on a few occasions and failed.
"That is why the club are continuing to strengthen this summer and are determined to keep the best players here rather than selling them, which shows the ambition of the club."