Scharner sounds rallying call

BY foxsports • April 11, 2011

The Baggies dragged themselves to within touching distance of Premier League safety with a priceless 3-2 victory at Sunderland on Saturday. Roy Hodgson's men climbed into 10th place in the table on 39 points as a result of extending their unbeaten Premier League run to a club record seven matches, the last six of them under their new manager. However, while that is just a point short of the usually accepted safety line and only a couple more adrift of the total Hodgson believes will mathematically secure their top-flight status, Scharner sees no reason why they should not aim to keep the ball rolling until the end of the campaign. He told the club's official website: "We are on a decent run and why should we stop? "It doesn't matter if we have 39 points, we are on a very good run and we are playing good football, and if we can continue to the end, everybody will be happy. "We should approach every game as if it is the last of the season. In every game, we should be focussed and try to get something out of it." If it was Scharner whose 72nd-minute strike ultimately secured victory at the Stadium of Light, it was striker Peter Odemwingie who inspired a concerted fightback as the Baggies twice came from behind to deny Sunderland the chance to end their miserable run of form. Nicky Shorey's 10th-minute own goal ended the Black Cats' scoring drought after an interminable seven and a half hours, but Nigerian Odemwingie, whose first goal in English football secured all three points in the reverse fixture, levelled from close range 19 minutes later. However, Sunderland seemed to have got themselves back on track within two minutes when full-back Phil Bardsley blasted home his third goal of the season from 25 yards. But again, West Brom hit back with Youssouf Mulumbu rounding off a fine 54th-minute move and when Scharner steered home Odemwingie's cross, the repair job was complete. Scharner said: "I was really happy [with the goal], but in the end, the only thing that counts is three points and another three points against relegation. "We are in a very good way." Hodgson was hugely impressed once again with the organisation and application of his players, who have collected 13 of the last 21 points they have contested, and in particular, Odemwingie's contribution to their recent recovery. He said: "Eleven goals in 23 or 24 appearances in a team which has been battling relegation for two thirds of the season is an incredible record. "His goal today, the first one to get us back into the game, that was the important one. "The third, fourth and fifth goals sometimes, they can be icing on the cake, but it's the first goals or the winning goals like Scharner's goal today, they are the ones that really count for you."


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