Morrison braced for crucial period

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James Morrison admits West Brom have reached "make or break time" in their bid to survive in the Barclays Premier League.

The Scotland international believes the next three games - away to West Ham on Monday evening and then at home to Bolton and Stoke - will go a long way to deciding the Baggies' fate. Tony Mowbray's side are currently occupying bottom spot and are six points adrift of safety.

He said: "The results of our next three games will go a long way to determining how our season goes."

He added: "Everyone needs to know how big and important these games are. It is make or break time - and it is vital we try and get three points at West Ham.

"If we don't manage that - and other teams around us do so this weekend - then it is going to be very difficult to get out of trouble.

"Everyone has to be on top form and have that will to win. We are all looking to put right our recent run of results."

Morrison wants Albion to capitalise on the Hammers' lengthy injury list plus the absence of leading scorer Carlton Cole through suspension.

But the former Middlesbrough player knows they will still provide a tough test for a West Brom side without an away victory since the end of September at the Riverside Stadium - their only win away from the Hawthorns.

Morrison said: "They've got a few key players injured like Dean Ashton, Jack Collison and Valon Behrami while Carlton Cole is not available. Them being without that kind of quality has got to help us.

"But they still have a good squad, players who can come in and do a good job, and we need to be wary of them. They have had a good season, are in the top seven or eight in the table, and it will be a tough game."

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