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Bednar assures West Brom boss he is ready for relegation scrap

Roman Bednar, after at one stage looking like he was on an outer with West Bromwich Albion, has returned from his Leicester loan determined to play his part in the battle against a quick return to the English Championship. The player has been more involved in boss Roberto Di Matteo's plans since returning from the Walkers Stadium.

Bednar said: "Of course Peter (Odemwingie) is number one (striker) - and that's no problem.

"But, if he is unable to play for some reason, I'm ready.

"This is West Brom and we want to win as a team, so I'm ready for 20 minutes, half-an-hour or starting - whatever the gaffer wants me to do.

"Before I left for Leicester I was not even on the bench.

"But I told the gaffer I'm ready to fight and I'm working really, really hard.

"I think it's a good sign if we are losing and he sends me on the pitch for 15 minutes."

Bednar would welcome fresh competition during the January transfer window and believes Albion are better equipped than two years ago to stay in the top flight.

He said: "If we bring in another striker it makes the team stronger. It will be good for West Brom.

"I think we're in better shape than two years ago. The team is stronger and players like Peter are good.

"If we put in 120%, I'm confident we'll get enough points to stay up."

 It's all kicking off again! Click here for the No1 coverage of West Bromwich Albion's winter market transfer news.

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