West Brom defender Gareth McAuley has attributed an increased level of energy for being the catalyst for their excellent form of late.

A fixture congestion hampered the Baggies earlier this year and their recent results, which have seen them take 10 points from a possible 12 in their last four games, has given the squad fresh impetus.

We went through a spell where the performances were tired to be completely honest.

We had a backlog of games over Christmas and we were playing midweek and cup replays.

Performance levels were dropping and things were getting difficult for us but that’s cleared up.

Highlights of such form have included a win at Everton and a point at current league leaders Leicester City.

But Sunday’s historic win at home to Manchester United, a fixture they have not emerged victorious from since 1984, was the pinnacle of this rich vein of form, especially as they edge ever closer to the golden 40 point target that Tony Pulis has set his team.

We have found our legs again and a bit of confidence with it and it’s great to beat a team like Manchester United.

Salomon Rondon’s second-half goal propelled West Brom up to 11th place in the league, a monumental 15 points clear of 18th place Norwich City.

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McAuley revealed the historic victory over a Champions league chasing United has given the squad an even greater element in training.

As you can probably imagine, the boys are bouncing off the wall.

We are really really happy with what we have done, we’ve got to 39 points with nine games to go.

With nine games left, it’s possible to get to 50 points which the club hasn’t done before.