Paul Scharner warns West Brom

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Paul Scharner has warned the Baggies that they must hold on to their star names next month, or risk being relegated.

The versatile Austrian has helped the club bounce back from a poor run to record back-to-back Premier League wins against Everton and Newcastle, which has moved Albion into the top-half of the table.

Roberto Di Matteo’s men have done a lot better than many outsiders anticipated in the summer following their promotion and Scharner feels the sale of any key players could lead to their downfall in the New Year.

Scharner said:“It’s true we have exceeded expectations but I am very happy that we surprised everybody.

“Hopefully we can continue what we are doing.

“Hopefully we won’t stop when we reach our target (of staying up) and we will keep on going until the end of the season.

“It looks like we can stay up. I never got relegated with Wigan and that’s why I came to West Bromwich, to help them survive.

“That’s the main target and we’re on course at the moment.

“But, if we want to reach our targets, it is important that we all stay together until the end of the season.”

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