Robson has plan for Earnshaw

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Bryan Robson, the West Bromwich Albion manager, has assured the striker Rob Earnshaw he will play a major part in the final stages of the club's battle to stay in the Premiership.

Bryan Robson, the West Bromwich Albion manager, has assured the striker Rob Earnshaw he will play a major part in the final stages of the club's battle to stay in the Premiership.

Earnshaw has been kept out of the team by Geoff Horsfield and Kevin Campbell for the past five games, from which Albion have collected 10 points to move out of the bottom three.

Robson said: "Why is Earnshaw not starting? The reason for it is that Horsfield and Campbell have done ever so well since I put those two together - and the team have been getting results. As a manager you try and balance your squad up and try and see what is best for the team. That's the reason for the way things are at present but Rob Earnshaw will get his chance."

Earnshaw is Albion's leading scorer with 13 goals in all competitions, but his last start was in late February in the goalless draw against Southampton at The Hawthorns.

"We come back from having next weekend off to play Spurs next Wednesday," Robson added, "and then after that we've got something like five games in 18 days to round off the season.

"It means all my players in the squad will get the chance to prove to me that they should be in the team because it will need freshening up along the way during that schedule.

"All I'm after is for the whole squad to be in the right mood and to want to demonstrate to me that they want to be in the team."

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