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Baird ready for key QPR clash

4 April 2015

Defender expecting tough test against Rangers

CHRIS Baird insists Albion will not be taking QPR lightly, despite the R’s difficulties on the road this season.

A positive result this afternoon would see Tony Pulis’ men take a vital step to securing Premier League football at The Hawthorns next season.

The Baggies boast an impressive recent home record, winning six of their last seven games in all competitions.

In contrast, Rangers have lost all but one of their 14 top-flight fixtures this year, but the Northern Ireland international stressed that there are no easy games at the top level.

“It’s a massive game for both teams,” said Baird.

“With the situation that they are in you would say they need the points more than us.

“However, we are at home where we are doing really well at the minute.

“We are going into the game looking to get three points, which would pull us a lot further away from the relegation battle.

“Their form away from home has been disappointing and they have only won once, but we are under no illusions that it is going to be an easy game.

“There are no given games for three points in the Premier League so we are fully focused on the job we have to do.”

A win would move Albion up to 36 points with seven fixtures remaining, but the 33-year-old admitted that the group have not set themselves a points target.

He said: “We haven’t really spoken about it, we are just taking each game as it comes.

“We know we are on 33 points, and that the next few games are vital for us.

“If we can get a couple of victories then for me that would be us pretty much safe, because we would be so close to the 40-point mark.

“But we have to concentrate on QPR first, and then take it from there.”


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