Scharner sets three-win target

Baggies ace targeting 40-point mark for survival

Scharner: Wants at least three more wins

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West Brom utility man Paul Scharner believes three more Premier League wins could be enough to secure top-flight safety.

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The Baggies have seven league victories this season and Roy Hodgson's side are currently fourth from bottom with 29 points to their name.

Another nine points would nudge West Brom towards that all-important 40-point total that many managers perceive as being enough to stay up.

West Brom tackle Midlands rivals Birmingham City on Saturday and Scharner knows it will be a difficult task to bring the Carling Cup winners back down to earth.

Tough

"It is a tough run-in but the Premier League is never easy," he told the Express & Star. "We need another three or four wins to survive and that will be our focus.

"At the beginning of the season we got points against Arsenal and Manchester United and the potential is still there.

"Especially in local derbies it is always a different game and if we can build and go one better than Monday there are definite possibilities."

West Brom held Stoke City on Monday and Scharner thinks the team are continuing to grow as new manager Hodgson stamps his authority on the squad.

"I think we are developing," he continued. "We have now had two weeks' training under Roy Hodgson and you could see on Monday that it's working more and more.

"I am very confident that we can start winning again over the next few games. The shape of the team changed a lot, especially in defence."