Bednar prepares Baggies bounce
West Brom striker Roman Bednar says he is primed to aid the Baggies' survival bid should he be called upon.
By Danny Wright
Last Updated: 26/01/11 4:48pm
West Brom striker Roman Bednar says he is primed to aid the Baggies' Premier League survival bid should he be called upon.
Bednar has been largely out-of-favour at the Hawthorns this season as manager Roberto Di Matteo looks to Peter Odemwingie to spearhead their frontline.
The 27-year-old even spent time out on loan at Championship side Leicester earlier in the season as his future at Albion hung in the balance.
But after a couple of cameo appearances on his return to Di Matteo's side, Bednar says he is ready to help the team pull away from the bottom three.
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."
The Baggies enjoyed a reasonable start to the campaign but have endured a difficult winter.
A poor run of form - that has returned just one win in seven league outings - has seen them slide to within two points of the relegation zone.
That has prompted talk Di Matteo is looking to find a partner for eight-goal forward Odemwingie, although Bednar says he would welcome any additional competition.
He added: "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."