Steve Clarke is not surprised by West Brom's start to the season
West Brom manager Steve Clarke insists his side's excellent start to the season has not taken him by surprise.
Last Updated: 14/09/12 9:38pm
The Baggies have picked up seven points from their opening three Premier League matches and they could briefly top the table on Saturday night if they win at Fulham and other results go their way.
But Clarke has not been taken aback by how well West Brom have started and believes they could even have done better.
"Has the start exceeded my expectations? No. I'm an optimistic person. I knew if we prepared properly for the games, we could get a good points total," he said.
"As a coach and as a professional, I targeted nine. But I think seven is a fair return when you look at our performances. We now have to look forward to the next run of games and look to improve and build on the terrific platform we have given ourselves."
Clarke himself has made a positive start to his tenure at The Hawthorns in his first managerial role but he believes there will still be pressure on him to succeed.
"I'm not sure the pressure has gone but, if after three games we were still chasing a win, it would be a different kind of pressure," added the Scotsman.
"But there is still a pressure there now. We go down to Fulham, which is a difficult place to go, and our record there in recent years is not very good. That is another pressure.
"We have to go down there, deal with that, and we still have to perform the way we have performed."