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WBA a tough test - Crouchy

Posted on 8 September 2010  - 12:00

Peter Crouch says we have to be wary of West Brom's home form when we travel to the Hawthorns on Saturday.

WBA a tough test - Crouchy

Peter Crouch says we have to be wary of West Brom's home form when we travel to the Hawthorns on Saturday.

We return to action after the international break with a 3pm kick-off against Roberto Di Matteo's side in the Barclays Premier League.

Our fine start to the season - impressive against City, won at Stoke, qualified for the group stages of Champions League - was given a jolt last time out when we lost at home to Wigan.

We're looking to bounce back - but ‘Crouchy' knows it will be tough.

"It is a difficult game," he said. "When a team comes up from the Championship they are battling for every point and their home games are certainly the ones that they believe they can get points from.

"West Brom are a decent, organised side that will be difficult to break down but I believe we can do it."

The Baggies maintained their good form at the Hawthorns when they put Sunderland to the sword in their only home match of the season so far on August 24.

That follows on from just four defeats and 16 wins in 23 home games as they gained promotion last term and only nine losses in 19 despite relegation in 2008-09 - one away win the problem that season.

They were also unlucky last time out when a moment of magic from Fernando Torres was the difference between the teams at Anfield.

"We have to make sure we start the game right and don't give them any confidence," added Peter.

"If we get an early goal then it will be fantastic and from there we can get the right result."