Belfast Telegraph

Scharner eyes safety target

Paul Scharner admits West Brom may need 45 points to guarantee Barclays Premier League survival.

The midfielder is desperate to avoid the last-day drama of four years ago when he scored to help Wigan stay up and in the process condemned Sheffield United to relegation. Albion moved on to the 36-point mark with Saturday's 2-1 home success over Liverpool and they are now 13th in the table.

"I felt going into Saturday's game that we needed three or four wins," said Scharner, who joined West Brom from Latics in the summer. We got one of them against Liverpool - but we can't rest (on our laurels) now."

He added: "We have to keep focused on our job and get the points we need to survive. We have still a very tough programme in front of us.

"It looks like you will need definitely more than 40 points and, to be on the safe side, let's say three more wins from here.

"From my own experiences with Wigan a few years ago, I don't want it to go to the last game.

"We had to beat Sheffield United away, we had to win to survive. It was a tough game with so much at stake.

"I don't want to taste that experience again. We want to try and be safe before then."


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