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LEDS ON BROM BATTLE

Posted on 27 March 2006  - 12:00

Ledley King views tonight's encounter with West Brom as a clash where the spoils will be equally in demand by both sides.

Ledley King views tonight's encounter with West Brom as a clash where the spoils will be equally in demand by both sides.

The Baggies are seeking the points in order to create a gap between themselves and Birmingham and Portsmouth in the drop zone, while we are aiming to maintain position with Blackburn having won on Saturday, while Bolton were defeated at Middlesbrough and Arsenal's away game at Portsmouth fell victim to the weather.

For the second week in a row we come up against a team battling for Premiership survival, having secured a maximum return against Birmingham City.

"It is a similar one against another team trying to stay up, but the points are as important to us as they are for them," reasoned the skipper.

"It is going to be tough, another battle, but we hope being at home will make a difference for us and we can play some good football.

"It would be good to get off to a good start, if we set our stall out early it might affect their confidence if we can get an early goal."

However, West Brom are a team we have not taken much in the way of Premiership reward from this season or last.

"Last season finished 1-1 and it was a difficult game to play in - not one of our better performances," recalled Ledley. "There are not too many players from this team who will have played in that game though.

"Of course we remember the away game at Christmas and will be hoping to put it right.

"It is one on paper which we should get three points from. They are fighting a relegation battle though and no way will it be an easy game. We are well aware though that if we play the way we can it is a game we can win.

"They have got some big strong players throughout the team and you have to stand up and be counted against them. In some games you've got to win the battle and earn the right to play - that is what we will be doing."