Morrison looking to Europe

Midfielder feels West Brom could compete in the Europa League

James Morrison: Wants to compete in Europe with West Brom

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James Morrison feels West Brom should be targeting Europe after a run of three straight wins moved them into the top half of the table.

The 25-year-old reached the UEFA Cup final in 2006 with Middlesbrough and thinks the Baggies are good enough to compete in the Europa League.

Having started the season poorly, Roy Hodgson's side have turned things around and the midfielder feels with some reinforcements the squad could cope with the twin demands of Europe and the Premier League.

"It just shows you what a crazy rollercoaster football is," he told the club's official website.

Confidence

"Before that we were getting a bad press, we couldn't win our home games but our away form was decent.

"The derby helped us, it gave us confidence and the change in formation has probably helped us too. We've got some confidence and luck along the way but we've deserved it. Touch wood we're safe.

"To finish in the top half is where we want to go to build on last year and kick on from what we achieved. We don't want to be talking about relegation in the future, we want to start talking about mid-table

"The Europa League is definitely something we can look towards next year if we can get more players in.

"It does take its toll - look how many games Fulham have played already. But it can give a club special moments as both myself and Roy Hodgson know. I got to a final with Middlesbrough, Roy did it with Fulham - that's what you want.

"As players we all want to play in Europe. You get a chance to play against new, different teams. You travel to new countries. It's obviously hard on you physically but what can be better than playing against clubs like Roma."

Opportunity

For now, though, Morrison has his sights set on toppling Manchester United on Sunday at Old Trafford.

"I think that win at Old Trafford is overdue now and there is an opportunity on Sunday. We definitely go there with a spring in our step after last Saturday (a 1-0 win over Chelsea) - and that came on the back of the Sunderland result (a 4-0 win).

"There is no better time for us to play Manchester United really. The lads are high on confidence, the crowd is behind us.

"They had a game on Thursday night so we've got to be full of energy and give them a game. Hopefully we'll get a bit of luck because you need it when you go to Old Trafford.

"With our away record, we have to be confident, go and enjoy it and do what we've been doing, which is not letting teams settle, playing our game and being solid."

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