Craig Dawson says competition for places is driving West Brom's players on to be better

Bournemouth's Charlie Daniels in action with West Brom's Craig Dawson

West Brom were in fine form on Monday as they obliterated Burnley by four goals to nil.

West Bromwich Albion's Craig Dawson in action with Tottenham's Erik LamelaWest Bromwich Albion's Craig Dawson in action with Tottenham's Erik Lamela

West Brom returned to Premier League action in the perfect way following the international break with a 4-0 victory over Burnley.

Following the big win, Craig Dawson admitted to the Express and Star that the competition for places is driving the side on this term and making West Brom a far better team.

There has been a lot of cause for positivity in recent weeks with their win over reigning champions Leicester preceding their hammering of Burnley on Monday. The victory saw them rise up to ninth in the Premier League with 16 points, six points clear of the relegation zone.

Dawson told the Express and Star: "It's a big miss when Chadli's not available. But (James) Morrison's come into the side and done really well. It shows we've got a good squad with people pushing for places. That's what you need as a group of players".

"At the moment we've put two together and confidence is high. We've just got to keep it going".

In comparison to their early season form, the past few weeks have been outstanding for Pulis' side.

A win on the weekend against lowly Hull City would see them continue to climb the table and, if both Everton and Manchester United lose, then the Baggies could go above them. 

Burnley's Scott Arfield in action with West Bromwich Albion's Craig DawsonBurnley's Scott Arfield in action with West Bromwich Albion's Craig Dawson

Perhaps whether they rise above the likes of Everton and United is irrelevant, but they need to keep this level of confidence up in order to continue their impressive run.

Their entire squad is vital for this as there will be injuries and cases of fatigue that force changes in the squad. There was a time when the absence of a first team player would see a huge gulf in class for the man filling in for him. West Brom evidently have no such problems of late.

West Brom's Craig Dawson and Crystal Palace's Jordon MutchWest Brom's Craig Dawson and Crystal Palace's Jordon Mutch 

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