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Morrison not getting complacent

West Bromwich Albion midfielder James Morrison believes it would be dangerous for his side to get carried away by their impressive start to the Premier League season.

• Blog: Morrison impresses

Concerns over whether head coach Steve Clarke could make the step up from an assistant have been blown away by the manner in which Albion have surged into the sixth spot in the table.

The Baggies have won all four of their games at the Hawthorns and collected valuable points on the road at White Hart Lane and Villa Park, but Morrison insists there are no fanciful dreams of making it to the Europa League.

Asked whether Albion's ambitions needed adjusting, the Scotland midfielder said: "No, not really with the size of the club. Everyone has spent money and it's a tough league. We want to hit that 40-point mark and then look to progress. There is still a long way to go."

Morrison knows there are plenty of recent examples of clubs making a flying start to the season before ending up being relegated and for that reason it is crucial to keep ambitions in check.

"Going back a few years, Hull started really well and they got relegated so we've just got to keep on doing what we're doing and keep winning," he added. "The important thing is always to stay in the Premier League. That said, we're playing with confidence."

Clarke has been at pains to urge caution and has told his players to remain focused during the international break, with the club's season "starting" when they face champions Manchester City on the resumption of the Premier League later this month.

He feels the period up to Christmas will give a more reliable indicator of Albion's season, rather than the first seven games.

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