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Austrian international out to avoid repeat of 2007 ordeal with Wigan, who had to win at Sheffield to survive, and eyes three more wins to keep the Baggies in the Premier League

West Brom midfielder Paul Scharner is hoping that he and his team-mates avoid the stress of a last day relegation escape by securing their Premier League status in the coming weeks.

The Austrian international was part of the Wigan Athletic team that narrowly avoided relegation in 2007 with a victory on the last day of the season against Sheffield United, and the midfielder is keen for his current club to secure their safety long before the final game in May.

"From my own experiences with Wigan a few years ago, I don't want it to go to the last game,” he told reporters.

"We had to beat Sheffield United away, we had to win to survive. It was a tough game with so much at stake.

"I don't want to taste that experience again. We want to try and be safe before then."

Following Saturday’s dramatic 2-1 win over Liverpool at the Hawthorns, the Baggies are four points clear of the drop zone but Scharner believes that the team cannot afford to rest and must continue their winning ways.

"I felt going into Saturday's game that we needed three or four wins,” he added.

"We got one of them against Liverpool - but we can't rest [on our laurels] now.

"We have to keep focused on our job and get the points we need to survive.

"We have still a very tough programme in front of us.

"It looks like you will need definitely more than 40 points and, to be on the safe side, let's say three more wins from here."

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