Olsson defends Baggies over Reds

Midfielder Paul Scharner picked up the Baggies’ seventh dismissal

of the campaign during Saturday’s 2-1 win over Aston Villa at The

Hawthorns. Olsson believes Albion are now able to compete more than

in previous top-flight campaigns but insists they are not overly

physical. He said: “We’re not a dirty team so it’s difficult to

analyse that (the seven red cards). “I had an unfortunate red card,

Youssouf (Mulumbu) had one or two and Mozza (James Morrison) had

one at Liverpool but I don’t think you can see a pattern. “In one

season, we might get six or seven and the next season we might get

one or two. “We don’t play dirty football but this season we have

been coping with the physical side better than we did in the past

seasons. “That’s one of the factors to putting us in the position

we’re in.” Olsson believes West Brom are safe from relegation after

they took their points tally to 16 from nine games under Roy

Hodgson. He said: “Finally I think we are safe. We’re eight points

ahead so now we’re safe and we can enjoy the last three games. “If

we can finish as the top club in the midlands, and in the upper

half of the table, we want to do so. “Now our aim is just to keep

going and keep playing the football that we have been playing.”