Jonny Evans insists this was not reason for West Brom's Norwich defeat

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Albion defender Evans says the players are not getting complacent after pushing away from relegation danger.

West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans has denied that the club's disappointing home defeat to struggling Norwich City was the result of complacency, telling the Birmingham Mail that the players are still focused on pushing as high up the table as possible.

Tony Pulis' side had been enjoying a vastly improved run of form in recent weeks but that was brought to an abrupt halt with a shock 1-0 loss to the Canaries in a lacklustre display.

That performance and result was a far cry from Albion's last match a fortnight earlier, when they beat Manchester United 1-0 to make it four games unbeaten.

That last victory moved the club onto 39 points and within touching distance of the top half of the table, and it has been suggested that the weekend's defeat was a result of complacency creeping into the squad.

However, Evans has moved to quash that suggestion and insisted that the club are still motivated to do as well as they can in the final weeks of the season.

He told the Birmingham Mail: "I dont think it’s a case of taking the shackles off, we'll still treat every game as professionally as we have done.

"It's always our goal to push on and finish as high as we can. Sometimes it's a cliche banded around about getting to the 40 points and then go from there.

"We have an ambition to go beyond that and we still have that. Every other game we'll try and put in a good performance."

Albion are just a point away from reaching the 40-point total which is traditionally said to be the mark at which safety is assured, but in reality that total will be comfortably higher than what is required this season.

Instead, with between seven and nine games remaining for each Premier League side, 41 points would currently secure a place in the top half, and with the league tight in mid-table, the Baggies will certainly have their eye on a top 10 finish as a realistic target.

Evans' side can still play a big role in the relegation battle for other teams, however, with a trip to 18th-place Sunderland up next after the international break.

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