Bednar out to prove his quality
West Brom striker Roman Bednar is adamant he has now cleared his head and has a point to prove to boss Roberto di Matteo.
Bednar found himself shipped out on loan to Leicester at the end of November after a bitterly frustrating time for the Baggies, making just six appearances in the first three months of the season.
But after his five-match spell away with the Championship club, the Czech international is champing at the bit to help Albion in their battle to beat the drop.
"I was pretty unhappy - and everyone saw that - before I left for the loan at Leicester, but I just put my head straight,'' Bednar told the club's official website.
"I had a good time at Leicester. They have some good players and a good gaffer, but I still feel like my place is here. Maybe I needed to go to Leicester to realise what I wanted.
"I really wasn't handling well the fact I wasn't playing, but I'm here now and ready to work really hard - I'm pleased. I've got something left to prove. I love this club and I still want to be here.
"I went to see the gaffer and he said 'if you work hard you will get chances'. That's enough for me.''
Goalkeeper Scott Carson, meanwhile, has been told his position as captain will not come into the equation when Di Matteo selects the team for Saturday's crunch clash with Blackpool.
Boaz Myhill produced an outstanding display in Saturday's 1-0 FA Cup third-round defeat at Reading, pushing his claims for a Premier League debut for Albion.
"Boaz has given us a dilemma, but that's what he's here for,'' assistant-manager Eddie Newton said. "Scott being captain makes no difference. We all want to win and sometimes decisions need to be made."