Olsson: We can survive

23 March 2011 02:30
West Brom defender Jonas Olsson believes his team-mates have it within them to secure Barclays Premier League survival despite a tough-looking run-in. Roy Hodgson's side lie 16th in the top flight heading into the international break and just a point off the drop zone. Only six points separate ninth-placed Sunderland and the final relegation berth, and Olsson believes such a tight run-in could work in the Baggies' favour. The Sweden international also believes West Brom have it within them to move away from trouble, despite a run-in that includes matches against high-flying Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham. "It's a fair point that it doesn't look great for us in April - but I don't agree," he told the club`s official website. "The first factor is we've been doing well against the big teams and have had some good results. "The second factor is this season there are 10 or so teams fighting against relegation and quite a few fighting for the league title or a European place. So it doesn't matter who you play now - every game will be difficult. "The clichi that there's no easy game is more relevant than ever this season. If you play Liverpool and Chelsea at home, like we will be, then yes - they are difficult matches. But so would going to teams like, say, Stoke, Blackpool or West Ham. Every team has difficult games ahead of them."

Source: PA