Carson fears relegation repeat

27 February 2009 02:05
West Brom goalkeeper Scott Carson has already tasted relegation from the Premier League and he is determined not to experience the bitter feeling again.

The 24-year-old was relegated with Charlton in 2007 while on loan from Liverpool and with the Baggies currently bottom of the table history could be about to repeat itself for the stopper.

With a tough trip to Everton on Saturday and Arsenal visiting The Hawthorns on Tuesday, Albion's chances of climbing out of the bottom three by the end of the week look bleak.

The England international knows the importance of staying in the top flight and he is confident he can put in the performances to make that happen.

"The season is similar to what I experienced at Charlton when they were relegated," he said.

"I was on loan but it was not nice as you do not want to be in a side that gets relegated.

"It is hard to explain as it was my first season in the Premier League so I gained a lot of confidence as I was making saves every match.

"I was voted Player of the Season so personally it was good for me but not for Charlton. Obviously I would have preferred to have avoided relegation.

"Charlton's current position proves how dire it can become when teams are relegated. All the money is now in the Premier League and that is why it is so important for clubs to stay in the top flight.

Survival"This is why all the players and coaches are doing everything possible to avoid relegation.

"I'm no stranger to the situation as I've been there before. But it's only the 11 players on the pitch who can do anything about the club's survival when we play the next few games.

"I would like to think that I can put in some good performances between now and end of the season to help Albion stay up in the Premier League.

"We have beaten some good teams and now we would like to win two games on the bounce to really improve our survival hopes.

"If we can beat the teams around us then we have a good chance of finishing above them at the start of the season."

The Baggies defence has come in for criticism over recent weeks and is likely to come under close scrutiny again against both Everton and Arsenal.

But instead of shying away from the challenge Carson believes his side should be aiming to get at least three points from the two games.

"It's going to be a massive few days meeting Everton away and Arsenal at home. In our current position it couldn't be any tougher," he added.

"Going to Goodison is always difficult while Arsenal are always a great side. But the lads are confident and we have just got to look after our own game and hopefully win one of the matches.

"We were disappointed with the 2-0 defeat at Fulham last Sunday but now we have to look forward and cannot afford to dwell on past performances."

Source: SKY_Sports