'We're not looking to finish 16th' - Baggies ace has high ambitions

West Bromwich Albion defender Joleon Lescott says the club are aiming for a top half finish.

West Bromwich Albion defender Joleon Lescott says that the club are aiming to reach the top-half of the table.

After being touted as relegation candidates before the campaign started, avoiding the drop would generally be considered a successful season by many, but Lescott has set higher ambitions.

He says he would not be happy by simply surviving, but he wants to club to push-on and reach the top ten this time around.

"We finished 17th last season and that’s not good enough. But we’re not looking to finish 16th either, we want to finish in the top half and really do something," he said to the club's official site.

The experienced defender has done well since coming into the first-team set-up at the Hawthorns and few can question his quality.

Lescott was the Baggies marquee signing this summer and he has not disappointed with his initial performances for the Midlands outfit.

The centre-back has bought a commanding presence to the Baggies defence and his inclusion, after he missed much of the opening period of the season with injury, has coincided with an up-turn in form for the club.

Alan Irvine's men do take on their biggest challenge to date tonight, though, when they face Manchester United.

The Red Devils have one of the most sparkling attacks in the Premier League and Lescott admits that his side will have to be on the top of their game to thwart United's goalscoring threats.

"You have to concentrate for the whole game, there’s no way you’re going to be able to switch off and have any kind of distraction. It’s going to be fully focused."

“It’s going to be tough but were confident at the minute, even though we did lose at Liverpool we felt we could have come away with a draw."

“We’re going to be confident going into the game."

“If we do what Leicester did [win 5-3] I won’t be happy, even if we win, conceding three goals."

“Let’s be honest, if you concede three against Man Utd then it’s not often that you’re going to win. We’re not looking to do that.”

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