James Morrison: West Brom can make Europe

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West Brom midfielder James Morrison today insisted the club can make Europe – but admitted it would stretch the Baggies' squad.

Steve Clarke's men kept themselves in the Europa League race with victory over Swansea on Saturday, although yesterday's FA Cup semi-final draw means they must now finish fifth in the Premier League to qualify.

Morrison is refusing to write off their chances, but he believes they would need reinforcements if they made it.

"We would need to get some players in," said the Scotland international. "We saw what we were like in December and January when we couldn't pick a win up with players out.

"But I've played in Europe before with Middlesbrough and it was great. We got all the way to the (UEFA Cup) final. It was great, travelling to different countries and facing different opposition.

"It can hamper your season sometimes, which you can see if you look at the teams in there now. But personally I would like to play in it and hopefully the club would as well."

The Baggies' 2-1 win against the Swans kept them eighth in the Premier League, within four points of fifth-placed Arsenal, who must still visit the Hawthorns.

But Liverpool and Everton sit between the two sides in sixth and seventh with the semi-final draw delivering a blow to all of the clubs chasing European spots through the league.

Wigan were drawn to face Blackburn or Millwall in the semi-finals, meaning one of that trio will qualify for the Europa League by reaching the final and the place will not go to the sixth-place league finishers.

Morrison said: "We want to take each game as it comes and see where we end up.

"The lads put a fantastic effort in against an amazing football side on Saturday. It was hard work out there."

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