Now that the FA Cup run is over, attention turns back to the Premier League and the chance for Albion to effectively seal safety with five games to spare.

Four points from the visits to the Amex of Bournemouth on Saturday and Cardiff three days later should be enough.

That would leave Cardiff with, at best, four matches to overhaul a gap of five points and a far inferior goal difference.

Albion are in a cluster of clubs above the cut line that also contains Southampton, Burnley and Newcastle.

It is their situation in relation to Cardiff that really counts.

Hence, defeat for the Welshmen at Burnley on Saturday before they head south would be helpful.

Albion do not want to approach Easter trips to Wolves and Tottenham in the mire, even though Cardiff's next home game is against Liverpool.

It is in their hands to clinch survival on their own merits, rather than relying on the failings of others.