Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Baggies closing in on safety: Olsson

West Brom defender Jonas Olsson has no idea how many points Roy Hodgson’s side needs to guarantee their safety this season.

The Baggies have improved dramatically since Hodgson replaced Roberto Di Matteo seven games ago, and they have 39 points, just one short of the traditional relegation-saving mark.

Yet with the bottom of the table incredibly congested – eight points separate the bottom 12 teams – centre-back Olsson admits his side cannot afford to relax as they head to White Hart Lane to face Champions League hopefuls Tottenham.

“We will carry on going – in the last few seasons it (39 points) has been well enough to keep you up but it has been a strange season,” said Olsson.

“Another win or maybe two, and it looks like it’s going to have to be 42 points plus to get that safety.”

“People say ‘will it be 40? Will it be 45?’ but for me it doesn’t matter, if we do what we have to do.”

And Olsson admits that Tottenham’s strength in depth is frightening.

“They’ve been playing a lot of games – they have had Champions League games and that North London derby in midweek,” he said.

“They have good depth in their squad so whatever they put on the pitch we will be afraid.”

But while Olsson admits he is still concerned about relegation, Baggies skipper Chris Brunt is convinced that a top-10 finish is possible for a side who were in real relegation trouble when Hodgson took over.

“We’ve seen Aston Villa in the last few weeks be on the verge of the relegation zone, win two games, and then they’re on 40 points and in the top 10,” Brunt said.

“If we can pick up a couple of results in the next few weeks, there’s no reason why we can’t finish in the top half of the league.”

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