• Albion aim to haul themselves out of the dropzone

    In opening up a four point lead at the top of the Championship, Bournemouth did managerless Albion a favour yesterday.

    Eddie Howe's team comfortably beat ten-man Millwall at The Den, keeping the London team within reach of the Albion should Nathan Jones manage to mastermind a victory over Fulham in tonight's meeting at Craven Cottage.

    A first victory in eight games would see Albion leapfrog Wigan and Millwall, although the Latics will have the opportunity to jump ahead again when they face Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night.

    In other Championship action on Monday, rock bottom Blackpool held Rotherham to a draw at Bloomfield Road which will keep the Yorkshire club looking anxiously over their shoulder.

    Nathan Jones looks likely to be without Darren Bent in what would be the last game of his current loan spell, after the Villa man limped out of the Boxing Day draw with Reading whilst Bruno continues to serve the ban received as a result of the red card received at Wolves.

    Captain Gordon Greer could be in contention once again, whilst the club have been tightlipped regarding the recoveries of danger man Kazenga LuaLua and striker Sam Baldock.

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