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Cup tie key for momentum, says Dawson

26 January 2018

CRAIG Dawson says an Emirates FA Cup adventure can provide more than just silverware as the Baggies prepare to compete on two fronts in the week ahead.

Saturday's trip to Anfield gives Albion the chance to reach the fifth round of the competition for the third time in four years, with Premier League clashes against Manchester City and Southampton also crammed into a hectic, seven-day period.

'Daws' admits that "everybody wants to win silverware", but says victory on Merseyside has greater importance; providing more momentum in the fight for top-flight survival.

"It's massive for me personally and the team," he said. "Hopefully we can come through. Everybody wants to win silverware so it's an important game for us. But we also want to keep this run going. We're going there to win."

The Baggies put an end to an extended winless sequence with a third-round victory over Exeter City earlier this month. Premier League points soon followed, with Brighton put to the sword at The Hawthorns and Everton held at Goodison Park.

And Craig says his teammates can take confidence from "a good run" and play with more belief in the final third of the Premier League season.

"It's going to be a tough game for us but I think we're in quite a good run at the minute. We've had a good week on the training pitch so hopefully it will be a good test for us. The gaffer's working us hard.

"The chances are coming now. It's all about confidence. That's slowly coming back into the squad and individuals are scoring as well. The gaffer is working extremely hard to give us that confidence in training. You can see in the games, everyone has belief now."


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