West Brom manager Clarke targets FA Cup run

The Baggies' boss says he will try to do well in cup competitions, and his side are heavy favourites when they face Harry Redknapp's struggling QPR at Loftus Road on Saturday
West Brom manager Steve Clarke is targeting a successful run in this season's FA Cup after making a positive start to the domestic league campaign.

The West Midlands outfit sit in seventh position in the league table, and, free from relegation woes, are ready to focus their attentions on the FA Cup.

The Baggies kick-off the tournament with a trip to Loftus Road on Saturday to face Harry Redknapp's struggling QPR side in the third round, but the Scottish manager may be forced to rest a few key players.

"I said when I came here I would try and do well in the cup competitions and I see nothing to change that," Clarke told the club's official website.

"I might have to rest one or two just because that's the stage of the season we're at. Fingers crossed we'll get one or two of the injured players back.

"I'm not 100 per cent sure that will happen but it would be good if they did just to lessen the workload on some of the boys who are playing all the time.

"Our aim is to try to have a good Cup run and consolidate and build on the first half of the season."

Jonas Olsson (groin), Steven Reid (shin), Claudio Yacob and Goran Popov (both hamstring) all missed West Brom's 2-1 defeat against Fulham, but could return to face the R's.