West Bromwich Albion captain Curtis Davies says that it does not really matter who's managing the Baggies, such is the team’s level of form and confidence.
After leading his side to victory in the first Black Country derby for five years, Davies said: "We've got such quality in the squad, the team is still shining whether it's Bryan Robson, Nigel Pearson or Tony Mowbray in charge. I said last week at Ipswich, I could have managed us!"
After four successive wins, Albion have the familiar figure of Dave Jones in their sights as they give chase to leaders Cardiff City. With the psychological advantage they hold over him, given how Jones' Wolves threw away an 11-point lead over Albion with seven games left five years ago, for Albion to be only four points adrift is chicken feed.
"We never wanted Cardiff to get too far ahead," Davies said. "Luckily they lost at Norwich on Saturday, we've won, the gap is now down to four points and we just want to catch them up as soon as possible. I don't think anyone can match our first XI. Just look at the bench and the fact that someone like Ronnie Wallwork was left out and that shows what a tough team this is to get into."
While extolling his own team's virtues, Davies acknowledged that Wolves' willingness to trade blows and not shut up shop worked in Albion's favour.
He said: "Most of the teams who have come here early doors, like Southend and Colchester, had just come looking for the draw, but Wolves would have been slaughtered if they'd done that and that allowed us the time and space to exploit that."
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