You'd imagine there is a lot of pie being eaten.

Nothing posh just plenty of humble filling.

West Bromwich Albion have taken a zip and fastened the mouths of many critics and observers this season.

Not just tabloid journalists based outside the West Midlands, but the likes of Micky Quinn, Paul Merson, Garth Crooks who wouldn't know a Scotsman from an Englishman in some cases. All have been made to look a little bit silly by Steve Clarke and his Baggies side.

Perspective is needed.

Albion have 20 points after 11 games.

If they were to draw every one of their remaining games I'd rather they didn't for the sake of sanity they'd end the campaign with 47 points, the amount they accumulated last season and the year before.

It took them until Christmas last year to surpass the number of points they have right now.

And just one more home victory they take on Roberto Di Matteo's Chelsea this weekend will see them claim as many wins at The Hawthorns as last season.

So you won't be surprised to hear Albion players dismissing this season's exploits so far as mere good fortune.

Midfielder James Morrison is certainly of that view.

The Scotland international said: "We do look at the table but it's up to us to keep it going.

"Everyone thinks it's a bit of fluke us being up there but it's not, the lads work extremely hard in training, the gaffer sets us up each week to counter the opposition and everyone works extremely hard for the team.

"On Saturday at Wigan (Albion won 2-1) we probably didn't play our best but we got stuck in and got our rewards for the chances we took.

"We have got resilience throughout the squad. We had that last season and carried it through and the lads were delighted with that because it was hard work.

"Wigan are a really good team who cause you problems with the shape that they play.

"The win was the most pleasing thing. We went to Wigan with our away form not the best and knowing it would be a really tough game so to get three points there was something the whole team and squad were delighted with."

Albion welcome the return of Di Matteo for the first time as a boss in his own right he was No.2 when Chelsea last visited.

Morrison added: "I think they will be really wary of us. It's a tough test at The Hawthorns and we've got some good wins along the way this season. When we played City we should have got something out of it but didn't get it, so we will be going for the win against Chelsea."