BAGGIES LOOK TO EVERTON BENCHMARK
Roy Hodgson believes West Brom should use Saturday's opponents Everton as a yardstick for what can be achieved should they become an established Barclays Premier League club.
Head coach Hodgson has helped the Baggies make virtually sure of a third successive season of top-flight football.
They will go into the Goodison Park clash 11 points clear of the relegation zone and targeting a finishing position in the top half of the table.
Hodgson said: "Everton are the team that teams like ourselves need to have in our sights as a guide as to what is required, to not only stay in this league but to consistently perform well in the league.
"They are always the team just below the big-money teams, if we can call them that. Everton are always making life uncomfortable for them.
"That's what I'd like to see us become if we can continue in the Premier League for some seasons to come."
Albion have collected only one point from the last three games but Hodgson is adamant complacency has not crept into his squad now they are well clear of the bottom three.
He said: "We haven't lost through complacency. We lost at Manchester United because we played a better team and played with 10 men for a large portion of the game.
"We didn't play well at Wigan but showed a lot of determination and courage to get a point.
"The only game to an extent where we let ourselves down was in the Newcastle game where we were not circumspect enough and too anxious to flood players forwards and were exposed at the back.
"There are eight games to go, I don't think we will suffer from complacency.
"The question is 'have we got the quality to climb up that table and get ourselves nearer the top than the bottom?' and that remains to be seen.
"But I don't doubt the players' desire to do that."
Hodgson has been linked with a trio of players in the Rangers duo of Allan McGregor and Steven Naismith plus Dnipro midfielder Derek Boateng but is keeping his cards close to his chest.
He said: "Is anything happening? No, not in the sense it is anything we have discussed seriously. Of course, we know the players well.
"I think everyone is being connected with the Rangers players because everyone knows they are in administration.
"The Boateng one would be from the past. Before I came to the club, Boateng was a name being discussed as a potential new signing when he was playing in Spain.
"Even last summer, before we started this season, his name was mentioned.
"But it is not something we've got to grips with because there are so many names circulating in our own area of scouting and recruitment."
Hodgson will be forced into one change, with midfielder James Morrison likely to miss the rest of the season with a knee ligament injury.
Paul Scharner and Graham Dorrans are in contention to replace the Scotland international.
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