Dara O'Shea | Home support can help drive us towards our target

Dara O'Shea applauds the home fans at The Hawthorns

Dara O’Shea has stressed just how important home support can be in helping Albion achieve a successful end to the season.

Carlos Corberán’s men are fighting for a spot in the Sky Bet Championship Play-Offs and currently sit four points off the top six, with Saturday’s clash against Huddersfield Town at The Hawthorns the first of 11 remaining league matches.

Albion host the Terriers this weekend on the back of nine victories and nine clean sheets in the last 10 fixtures in all competitions in B71, staying unbeaten in front of their own fans since the end of October. 

And the captain has asked the Baggies faithful to give the team their all in terms of backing as he believes it can have a “massive” impact on the outcome of results. 

The Irishman said: “Home support is massive for us and we don’t underestimate that. It’s so important to have the fans backing you in games.

“It’s coming towards the end of the season now and we’re in a position where we need to keep pushing and the fans can play a massive part in that.

“When The Hawthorns is buzzing it gives us a huge push as a team and we can feel it as players. It helps us massively. 

“We need to do what we need to do on the pitch, quite clearly, but the fans can really help us too. 

“When everyone is pulling in the same direction it feels amazing and unstoppable. We’ll need their support and their backing in every game. 

“When you step out onto the pitch at The Hawthorns and you can feel the energy it’s a huge push for us. It gives us that motivation and that drive to put in the extra yards and play really well.

“It’s a really important run-in now until the end of the season and we’re going to need the supporters’ backing.”

O’Shea is targeting another three points at The Hawthorns on Saturday and says Albion’s form there gives the group so much confidence going into games.

“There’s a really good mood within the group right now. 

“It was great to get that positive result at home the other night against Wigan. Our home form at the moment is excellent.

“It’s so important to keep that home momentum going.

“We can’t underestimate how good it is to go ten games unbeaten at home and how well we’ve done at The Hawthorns.

“It’s been a massive part of our success since the manager came to the club. We’ve been solid at home and it’s been a really hard place for teams to come to.

“To keep so many clean sheets is both really pleasing and excellent. We’ve only conceded one goal in those ten games and that came in the last minute against Blackburn which was really disappointing.

“Keeping several clean sheets gives the whole team a boost. Having that form behind us gives you so much confidence.

“As a back unit, and I include the goalkeepers in that, we’ve all really enjoyed playing at home. We’ve been winning games and keeping clean sheets. 

“Saturday’s game is another one where we’re coming up against a team at the lower end of the table who’ll be fighting for their lives. 

“We know it’ll be a tough test. They won’t roll over easily.

“We need to make sure we focus on ourselves though and play the way we want to play and not change based on the opposition.”

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