Scharner backs Albion survival

07 March 2011 02:05
Midfielder also praises Hodgson's influence Paul Scharner believes Albion’s 3-1 win against Birmingham is the catalyst the club needs to avoid relegation. The Austrian international scored Albion’s third at St. Andrew’s and immediately paid tribute to his team mates for their efforts. Scharner has played a key role in Albion’s midfield as the Baggies have remain unbeaten under Roy Hodgson and he insists everybody at the club believes they’ll avoid relegation. "We've tried very hard over the last few games to get the win and on Saturday we got it, so congratulations to the whole team," said Scharner. "We fought until the end and I think we deserved to win. "I think you can see that the players have responded - you could see it on Saturday and on Monday against Stoke. "Everyone knows what is needed to stay in this league. "Everyone is focused. "We fight together, we fight for each other. "Everyone is focused and Roy has brought some belief back to the team. "The last three games we have deserved the points and it's absolutely possible that we can survive. "We certainly believe we can survive." The former Wigan man also paid tribute to new Baggies boss Roy Hodgson and the impact he has made since arriving last month. "There is more steel and compactness," he added. "We stay good in defence and are still scoring goals, which is the way to success. "We've stopped giving silly goals away. "That was the main focus for Roy Hodgson. "We've conceded three goals in three games and that hard work is starting to pay off. "We have worked hard and he wants us both to help the back-four - screen them and defend them. "That's another thing Roy Hodgson has worked on. "The last three weeks we have spent quite a lot of time in the meeting room going over things. "We talked a lot about things, we now have nine games and know there isn't much time left. "It means we can't train as much as we'd like, which is why we've had a lot of meetings so everyone knows the tactics and systems. "Everyone knows their job."