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Irvine calls for more goals

Boss sets goals' challenge

ALAN Irvine has challenged his Albion side to boost their 'Goals For' record, claiming four points out from two games could be the turning point towards better times.

Albion have one of the best defensive records in the Premier League but have struggled for goals of late.

Irvine spoke to the media ahead of Saturday's game at Queens Park Rangers.

He hopes the draw at Hull and last weekend's victory against Aston Villa will spur on his side.

“I hope this is the turning point for us," said Irvine.

“It was nice to have got the results we have done, we obviously have to build on that.

“We’ve had clean sheets which are a big help.

“We managed to get a goal - and our problem in games has been a lack of goals.

“We clearly are aware of that - and we’re doing a lot of work to try and address that.

“We feel that if we create enough opportunities we have players who can score.”

Irvine continued: “The place has been buoyant, there is confidence, so it’s been business as usual.

“But we know there’s a tough game coming up.

“We have to move quickly, when you win it's good but 10 minutes later you’re thinking ‘who’s next and what do we have to do?’"

Chris Brunt returns to the Albion fold but Georgios Samaras will miss the trip to Queens Park Rangers.

Brunt has resumed training following his recent hamstring scare, while Jonas Olsson is still sidelined as he recovers from his recent foot surgery.

But Samaras will not be boarding the train for the trip to London - the ex-Celtic man is back in training for the first time tomorrow following a trip back to Greece for family reasons.