Carson sees survival hope

Goalkeeper Scott Carson believes West Brom need five wins from their last eight games to have a chance of achieving Barclays Premier League survival.

The Baggies are currently seven points adrift of safety ahead of Saturday’s clash with fellow strugglers Stoke at The Hawthorns.

But Carson is desperate to avoid a repeat of two years ago when he went down from the top flight with Charlton while on loan from Liverpool.

He said: “I’ve been through it before at Charlton. I’ve had the experience and it is not a nice feeling, getting relegated.

“I’ve just been trying to help the lads and tell them what it’s like and we are doing our best to keep in the Premier League. You try to keep going.

“We’re going to need four or five wins to stay up but stranger things have happened. We will continue to work as hard as we have been and just hoping we get a bit of luck.”

Carson is backing defender Paul Robinson who called on the players to show more heart and commitment in a recent emotional outburst ahead of the clash with West Ham.

He said: “Paul (Robinson) is a player who plays with his heart on his sleeve. He just wants everyone to show the same commitment as him.

“I’ve got no problem with that. The lads have got a lot of respect for him. The dressing room is full of good characters. It’s a good dressing room to be in.

“I wasn’t here for the ’Great Escape’ of four or five years ago but the lads who were – like Robbo and Jonathan Greening – said it was a great experience.

“It would be nice for rest of lads to share the experience by doing it again this season.”

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