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Saturday 16 December 2017

Baggies must bounce back quickly: Carson

West Brom goalkeeper Scott Carson has urged his side to put Saturday's defeat at QPR out of their minds and set their sights on regaining an automatic promotion position in the Coca-Cola Championship.

Carson was one of the prime culprits in the defeat at Loftus Road but as his former club Sheffield Wednesday visit The Hawthorns he insists his side need to grasp the chance to leapfrog Nottingham Forest into second.

Carson said: "We've got to move on. If we start feeling sorry for ourselves before we know it there will be four or five games left and we will have it all to do. We've got to pick ourselves up."

Baggies boss Roberto Di Matteo may bring Simon Cox back despite him being carried off on a stretcher at the weekend. James Morrison and new boy Steven Reid will be looking to retain their places.

Wednesday are set to be unchanged from Saturday's win over Leicester with Leon Clarke likely to retain his place after a fine display despite pressure from on-loan Luke Varney.

New QPR boss Neil Warnock is also likely to keep the same team at home to Plymouth as he bids to build on his magnificent start to life at Loftus Road at the weekend.

The Pilgrims have a doubt over Craig Noone as they seek to kick-start their increasingly unlikely bid to avoid relegation back into League One.

Crystal Palace, also teetering on the brink of the drop zone after their 10-point deduction, have Claude Davis suspended for their Selhurst Park clash with Bristol City with Matt Lawrence set to step in.

City boss Gary Johnson will be tempted to make wholesale changes after his side's awful 5-2 defeat to Doncaster at the weekend. Ivan Sproule and Paul Hartley are both pushing for recalls.

Ipswich bid to clamber further clear of the bottom three at home to Cardiff but have Grant Leadbitter suspended.

Cardiff are set to name an unchanged side with top scorer Peter Whittingham still out with a groin injury.

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