Belfast Telegraph

Dorrans looks to fill gap

West Brom midfielder Graham Dorrans believes he can fill the void left by Zoltan Gera's season-ending injury.

The Baggies secured a late 1-1 draw at QPR on Saturday in their first match without the Hungary international, who has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament. Dorrans was drafted in as Gera's replacement and the Scotland international believes he can establish himself in the starting line-up.

"Hopefully I can fill the gap that Zoltan has left," he told the club's official website, www.wba.co.uk

"We've got some good games coming up that it would be good to get involved in and if I can get a run in the team, which I think I need, then hopefully I'll get back to the level I know I can play at.

"Hopefully the goals will come but at the moment I just need to get myself some game time. I've not played in a good run of games for a long time - first and foremost what I'm looking for is a good run of games and a chance to improve my match fitness. Hopefully I've done enough to stay in the side but only the gaffer knows the answer to that question."

Shane Long's late goal helped West Brom rescue a point from a match QPR will be wondering how they failed to win.

The Rs looked set to secure victory when Heidar Helguson netted for the fourth successive home Premier League match. However, the west Londoners frittered away numerous chances to extend their lead, allowing Long to level in the 81st minute.

"It was a tough game, obviously going one down in the first-half wasn't ideal," Dorrans said. "But we came out and battled in the second-half and managed to get back into it.

"I didn't feel as if I got on the ball as much as I would like but at the end of the day, as a team, we managed to earn a point. Yesterday was a good away point with games coming up that we feel we can take points from.

"We've got Wigan at home now and that's a game we should be looking to take all three points from. Hopefully we can get a win, go on a run, and start climbing up the table. We need to keep looking in front of us and not behind us."

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